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Cavs hold off Hawks big comeback bid

LeBron James and Kyrie Irving combined for 81 points as the Cavs held off the Hawks big comeback bid after being down by 25 points in the third quarter for a 135-130 win in Atlanta

The Cavaliers know how to make it interesting.

Led by Kyrie Irving and LeBron James, the Cavaliers built a 92-67 lead over the Atlanta Hawks with 7:06 to play in the third quarter, but before the game was over the Hawks had cut the 25-point lead to one at 124-123 when Paul Millsap scored a basket. However, former Hawk, Kyle Korver hit a three-point shot to push the Cavs lead back to four at 127-123 and the Cavs went on to win, 135-130 in Atlanta. 

With the win, the Cavs improved to 42-18, while the Hawks fall to 34-27.

Irving and James combined for 81 points as Irving scored 43 and James went for 38 points. Irving hit eight free throws in the final moments and was 10-of-10 for the game. He also was 5-of-8 from behind the three-point line. James was 6-of-10 from long distance. All totaled, the Cavs hit 25 three-point shots.

Channing Frye and Richard Jefferson scored 11 points each, while Korver and Derrick Williams scored nine each.

Tip Ins

Mr. February: LeBron James was named the Eastern Conference Player of the Month for February. It is the sixth-straight season he has won the award in the month of February. James appeared in 10 games (9-1) last month and averaged 25.6 points, 7.2 rebounds and 10.6 assists

Cavs Hit 25 3's: The Cavaliers were dialed in from long distance as they shot 54.3 percent from behind the arc. LeBron James hit six treys, while Kyrie Irving went for five. Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson, Kyle Korver and Derrick Williams all had three.

New Guy: Deron Williams played 17 minutes in his second game and scored just two points but had seven assists. 

New Guy 2: Andrew Bogut signed with the Cavs on Thursday but did not play against Atlanta.

Dishing It: The Cavs had 31 assists led by nine from Kyrie Irving and eight from LeBron James. Deron Williams had seven. They also had just 14 turnovers. 

Next Up: The Cavs play a back-to-back against the Heat in Miami on Saturday night at 8 pm.


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