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Cavs have a total collapse in the 4th quarter in Atlanta

The Cavs played the Hawks in Atlanta and saw a 26-point fourth quarter lead evaporate and eventually lose in overtime, 126-125

A total collapse in Atlanta.

The Cavaliers led by 26 points after three quarters, 93-67 before the Atlanta Hawks came roaring back to tie the game at 111 and send it to overtime. Atlanta won in overtime, 126-125 as LeBron James fouled out early in the extra period. 

The Cavs are now tied with the Boston Celtics with 51-29 records with two games to play for the top seed in the Eastern Conference. The Cavs close out in Miami Monday night and then at home Wednesday against Toronto. The Celtics play Brooklyn on Monday night before finishing against the Bucks. The Cavs do have the tie breaker over Boston should the teams finish with identical records. 

The Cavs led by 19 at halftime and built the lead to 26 points by the end of the third quarter, 93-67 before being out scored 44-18 in the fourth quarter. 

James and Kyrie Irving did most of the heavy lifting as James had 32 points, 10 assists and 16 rebounds, while Irving had 45 points and nine assists. Kevin Love had a double-double with 11 points and 15 rebounds, while Channing Frye scored 12 points and Kyle Korver added 11. 

Tip Ins

Liggins Out: The Cavs waived DeAndre Liggins and are expected to replace him on the roster before Wednesday's deadline for a player to be eligible for the playoffs. Several possible additions are former Cav Anderson Varejao, Dahntay Jones or Mario Chalmers.

Three Ball: The Cavs were 19-of-46 on three-point attempts led by Kyrie Irving, who was 8-of-12 from distance. 

No TT: Tristan Thompson sat out for the third-straight game after spraining his thumb. He was expected to miss two games. 

Next Up: The Cavs will play the Heat in Miami on Monday night at 7:30 pm.


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