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Hawks beat Cavaliers in clash of East contenders

Hawks beat Cavaliers 106-97 in clash of Eastern Conference contenders

Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) scores as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Fr...
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James looks up at the scoreboard during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Frida...
Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford high-fives fans as he leaves the court after the Hawks' 106-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA basketball g...

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Atlanta Hawks guard Kent Bazemore (24) scores as Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) defends during the first half of an NBA basketball game Fr...

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Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James looks up at the scoreboard during the first half of an NBA basketball game against the Atlanta Hawks on Frida...

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Atlanta Hawks center Al Horford high-fives fans as he leaves the court after the Hawks' 106-97 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers in an NBA basketball g...

ATLANTA (AP) -- In a preview of what might be to come in the playoffs, Atlanta beat Cleveland 106-97 on Friday, as the NBA Eastern Conference leader denied the Cavaliers a chance to go top of the Central Division.

The victory kept the Hawks atop the overall standings, ahead of West leader Golden State, which kept up the pursuit with a victory over Dallas.

Cleveland would have gone top of the Central had it won, but remains half a game behind Chicago, which lost at Indiana.

Atlanta's Al Horford scored 19 points and Kyle Korver hit two big 3-pointers in the fourth quarter after struggling much of the night, helping the Hawks to an important victory.

LeBron James and the Cavaliers entered the season as the overwhelming favorite in the East, but the Hawks are running away in the standings, having won six straight games.

Clearly inspired on night when Hall of Famer and former Hawks star Dominique Wilkins was honored by the team, Atlanta got plenty of balance and showed again it might be capable of doing something that never happened during No. 21's brilliant career -- win a championship.

James was held to 18 points on 5-of-13 shooting.

Golden State's Stephen Curry was in relatively subdued mode, with 22 points and seven assists, as he led the Warriors to a 104-89 victory over Dallas.

Earlier this year, Curry scored a season-high 51 points against the Mavericks. This time he scored 16 points in the first half when the Warriors began to pull away and finished with five of his team's 11 3-pointers.

Klay Thompson scored 16 points for the Warriors, who remained 4-1/2 games clear atop the West.

Rajon Rondo had 14 points and six assists for Dallas.

Indiana continued its late surge toward playoff contention by winning 98-84 at home against Chicago.

Solomon Hill scored 16 points and Ian Mahinmi had a season-high 14 points for the Pacers, whose four successive wins have moved them into a share of eighth in the weak East.

Pau Gasol led Chicago with 18 points.

Houston's James Harden had 38 points, 12 rebounds and 12 assists for his third triple-double this season, powering the Rockets to a 103-93 win against Detroit.

Harden has reached 30 points 27 times this season.

Greg Monroe had 19 points for the Pistons, who have lost five in a row.

Charlotte beat Toronto 103-94 in a game that had six technical fouls.

Al Jefferson had 23 points and 13 rebounds and Mo Williams added 23 points for the Hornets, who have four in a row.

DeMar DeRozan had 30 points on 14-of-26 shooting for the Raptors, who have lost seven of eight.

Washington came perilously close to blowing a 35-point lead but hung on to edge Miami 99-97.

Nene scored 20 points and Marcin Gorat added 14 points and 17 rebounds for the Wizards in their unconvincing victory.

Goran Dragic had 18 points for the Heat, but left the game after a hard fall late in the third quarter. Miami was already without starters Dwyane Wade and Luol Deng due to injury.

Memphis rallied to beat the Los Angeles Lakers 97-90, with Zach Randolph contributing 24 points and 13 rebounds.

San Antonio improved its winning sequence to four games by beating Denver 120-111, with Kawhi Leonard having 25 points.

Boston's Isaiah Thomas scored 14 of his 27 points in the fourth quarter to guide the Celtics to a 104-98 victory over New Orleans.

Phoenix's Marcus Morris made the tiebreaking basket and scored 19 points to lead the Suns to a 108-100 overtime win against Brooklyn.

Orlando's Victor Oladipo had 32 points, 10 assists and five steals as the Magic beat Orlando 119-114.

Utah's Gordon Hayward scored 25 points to lead the Jazz past Philadelphia 89-83.


Updated : 2021-09-22 08:30 GMT+08:00