Johnson, Hawks ruin James’ big night
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Joe Johnson scored 25 points and Tyronn Lue
added 19, including the game-tying lay-in as the clock expired in regulation,
to lead the Atlanta Hawks to a 104-95 overtime victory over the Cleveland
The win came despite 34 points from LeBron James, and a Cavaliers lead that
was as large as 10 points in the fourth quarter.
Lue added 11 assists off of the bench for the Hawks. Zaza Pachulia scored 19
points for Atlanta.
Drew Gooden scored 21 and grabbed 14 rebounds, and Larry Hughes scored 17 in a
losing effort for the Cavs. Donyell Marshall added 12 off of the bench.
Zydrunas Ilgauskas pulled down 10 rebounds, and added eight points on the
night for Cleveland.
The game appeared to be over when the Hawks were unable to get a shot off on a
possession in the final minute of regulation, leading to an ugly missed jump-
shot by Josh Smith, who scored 15 on the night. Gooden converted both of his
ensuing free throws to put the Cavs up 89-86 with only 14.3 seconds left in
Lue quickly responded with a lay-up to bring the Hawks back to within one at
89-88 with 6.7 seconds remaining. James was fouled on the ensuing play,
providing an opportunity for the Cleveland star to possibly ice the game.
James made the front end, but missed his second shot, ruling out the necessity
for a three by the Hawks to tie it. James was only 5-for-11 from the charity
stripe on the night.
Lue blazed past Hughes on the following possession, and dropped a lay-in over
the outstretched block attempt from James. The ball fell through the net as
the buzzer sounded, sending the game to overtime, where the Hawks took over.
Johnson scored six straight in the extra period, on a lay-in that drew a foul
followed by a three-point jumper, to push Atlanta to a 101-93 lead with 1:59
left. Atlanta outscored Cleveland 14-5 in overtime, and held James to only
three points in the period.
James took the game over in the third quarter, scoring 14 of his 34 points in
as Cleveland extended a 38-37 halftime lead to a 71-66 gap at the end of three
The Hawks briefly broke away on a 7-0 run in the first half, taking a 32-24
lead with 4:25 left in the second quarter.
The Cavaliers quickly responded, though, and James brought the crowd to its
feet with a tomahawk dunk with 2:15 left in the first half, cutting the Hawk
lead to two at 34-32.
The score was tied 20-20 after the first quarter.
It was James bobblehead night in Cleveland…Cleveland had a 12-game home
winning streak, and a five-game overtime winning streak snapped, both
stretching back to last season…Cleveland shot 23-of-37 from the free throw
line, while Atlanta made 15-of-26 from the charity stripe.