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Atlanta's 117-98 win momentarily halts Cavs' playoff hopes

CHARLES ODUMAP Sports Writer Published: April 5, 2014 4:00 AM
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By Charles Odum | Associated Press

ATLANTA -- Mike Scott ended a scoring slump with 26 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat Cleveland 117-98 on Friday night in a costly setback for the Cavaliers' late-season playoff push.

The Hawks, who began the night percentage points behind the New York Knicks in the race for the eighth playoff spot in the Eastern Conference, set a season high with 39 first-quarter points and never trailed.

Atlanta had lost 7-of-8 but recovered with strong games by Scott and Jeff Teague, who had 20 points and 12 assists.

The Cavaliers, who had won 5-of-6 to move within two games of the Hawks and Knicks, lost an opportunity to possibly move within a game of eighth place.

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Dion Waiters led Cleveland with 23 points. Spencer Hawes had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Kyrie Irving and Luol Deng each had 13.

Scott made 12-of-13 shots from the field. Scott, a backup forward, had a combined 16 points in his past four games. He topped that with 18 in the first half.

The Hawks had six 3-pointers while setting a season high for first-quarter points in taking a 39-23 lead. Atlanta committed nine turnovers in the second quarter, but Cleveland still outscored the Hawks only 26-22 in the period and trailed 61-49 at halftime.

As Cleveland opened the second half with almost 5 minutes without a field goal, Teague took over for Atlanta. Teague had nine points in the third period, including three straight baskets and a driving layup to beat the buzzer at the end of the period.

Teague added two 3-pointers in the last 3 minutes as the Cavaliers never mounted a serious challenge.

Paul Millsap had 16 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks. Lou Williams also had 16 points.


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