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                 *** NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Atlanta ***                            (Wednesday, January 9th)                     Final Score: Atlanta 90, Cleveland 81  Atlanta,  GA  (Sports Network) -  Joe Johnson  scored 29 points, grabbed seven rebounds  and dished out five assists as Atlanta held off Cleveland, 90-81, at Philips Arena.  Josh Smith added 19 points for the Hawks, who snapped a four-game skid and won for the first time in the new year. Josh Childress and Marvin Williams chipped in 12 points each, while Al Horford finished with 10 points and 15 boards.  "We  knew  it was gonna  be a dogfight coming  in," said Johnson. "Coming into tonight's game we'd been on a bit of a losing streak, and then we came out and we  got off to a pretty slow start. We picked it up and rallied at the end. We were able to get a lead in the second half and we maintained it."  LeBron  James had  a game-high 31 points  to go along with 10 rebounds for the Cavs,  who had a four-game win streak snapped. Devin Brown added 12 points off the bench, while Drew Gooden had a double-double with 10 points and 11 boards.  Leading  by  four at the  break, the  Hawks started to  pull away in the third quarter. Using a 17-3 spurt, they built the lead to 52-35, with a Johnson free throw  ending the run  before Anderson Varejao's hook shot at the other end of the floor stopped the bleeding.  Cleveland  scored the final seven points, but still trailed, 65-52, heading to the fourth.  The  visitors made  it a  six-point game  down the  stretch, 71-65,  on James' driving  layup, but  the  Hawks  quickly rebuilt  their  double-digit lead  by scoring the next six points.  The  Cavs  again inched their  way back, closing within  five on a Damon Jones trey with 2:32 remaining. Atlanta, though, sealed the game at the line.  "We  had a nice start, but we didn't play well in the first half," said James. "We shot like 20-something odd percent in the first half. They shot 40 percent and  we were only down four. We didn't play well. When you're down on somebody else's  court and you  make a run, which we was gonna do, any little play they made  was  gonna kill us. We  played good, we  played hard, but we didn't play well enough to win. We made too many mistakes."  The  Cavs  opened with a 14-point  first quarter, marking a season-low, but it was still one better than Atlanta's 13 points. Cleveland started the game on a 14-6 run, capped by a Gooden dunk at 5:04, but the Hawks got back in it.  Atlanta  surged  ahead in  the second  using an  11-5 run  to open the stanza. Williams' driving layup capped the spurt, putting the Hawks up, 23-15.  The home squad continued to carry that momentum and it was 36-32 at halftime.                                     Game Notes  Varejao  suffered a left knee contusion and a left Achilles strain around 9:20 of the fourth quarter and did not return...The Cavs lost to the Hawks for just the third time in 16 games, and had a six-game win streak halted in Atlanta.     01/09 23:15:58 ET

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