CAVALIERS 126, HAWKS 125
ATLANTA — Lebron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers collapse in the fourth quarter in a stunning 126-125 overtime defeat to the Atlanta Hawks in the NBA on Sunday. For Box Scores Click Here
The Cavaliers (51-29), who entered the fourth quarter leading 93-67, was outscored 44-18 in the fourth quarter and blew their 26-point lead.
Paul Millsap had 22 points and nine rebounds and made all 11 of his free throw for Atlanta, while Tim Hardaway Jr. added 21 points, including two late free throws, and grabbed nine rebounds and four assists in the win for the Hawks (42-38).
Dwight Howard ended with 19 points, Dennis Schroder and Kent Bazemore each scored 13, while Mike Muscala finished with 12 points for Atlanta, which won three straight.
Kyrie Irving, who experienced discomfort in his left knee Friday, according to Cavs coach Tyronn Lue, buried eight 3-pointers on his way to tallying 45 points and nine assists for Cleveland,
James recorded a triple-double with 32 points, 16 rebounds and 10 assists before he fouled out in overtime.
James, who played a game-high 47 minutes, was posting his 13th triple-double of the season for the Cavs.
Channing Frye had 12 points, nine rebounds and two blocks, Kevin Love finished with a double-double of 11 points and 15 rebounds and Kyle Korver scored 11 points off the bench for the Cavaliers.
The Cavs led 111-106 with 10-seconds remain in regulation, but the Hawks scored the last five points – capped off by Millsap’s 13-foot baseline jumper at the buzzer – to send the game into overtime.
Atlanta wins series with the Cavaliers 3-1.
With the defeat, Cleveland, which is the defending champion, dropped into a tie with Boston atop the Eastern Conference Standings with two games remaining on the regular-season schedule.
The Atlanta Hawks will next host the Charlotte Hornets on Tuesday.
The Cleveland Cavaliers are back in the action on Monday night at the Miami Heat.