RISING FROM THE DEAD... THREE TIMES
It would be accurate to say the Hawks "stole" a win on Wednesday night, first hitting a 3-pointer at the buzzer to force overtime, then making up a six point deficit in 30 seconds to set up the 103-102 victory over the Cavs.
The Hawks appeared to be dead in the water at least three different times on Wednesday.
-- Atlanta completed the season sweep over Cleveland (3-0) with a thrilling 103-102 overtime win at Philips Arena on Wednesday.
-- A back and forth fourth quarter ended when Joe Johnson buried a three-pointer as the buzzer sounded to send the game to the extra session.
-- The Cavs went up 6 in OT when Johnson struck again, nailing another triple followed by Josh Smith's three-point play which knotted things at 101 ... Tristan Thompson split two free throws, putting the Cavs up one, setting up Johnson's game-winning fade away jumper with 18 seconds left ... Cleveland had two chances to win it but couldn't convert.
-- The Cavaliers started hot, hitting 10-12 FGs, and grabbing a 23-10 advantage ... The lead grew to 36-21 by the end of the period as the Cavs shot .619 from the field.
-- Trailing 42-26 in the second, Atlanta came storming back, outscoring Cleveland 28-11 to end the quarter and take a 54-53 lead at the break.
-- The Hawks eventually went on top by eight in the third but Kyrie Irving's bucket just before the horn gave the Cavs a 73-72 edge heading to the final frame.
-- Smith paced Atlanta with 32 points and 17 rebounds and Johnson finished with 22 points ... Zaza Pachulia scored 14, Jeff Teague had 12, while Kirk Hinrich and Jerry Stackhouse put in 10 apiece.
-- Smith tied career-highs with 51 minutes played and 12 made free throws (12-14).
-- Irving led the Cavaliers with 29 points, 9 rebounds and 9 assists.
-- The Hawks committed just 7 turnovers on the night, while forcing 19, helping offset Cleveland's 54-38 advantage on the glass.
-- The Hawks are back in action on Friday vs. New Jersey at Philips Arena (7:30pm on SportSouth HD, 680 AM and 93.7 FM).