Jeff Teague scored a career-high 27 points as the Atlanta Hawks came away with a tight 102-94 road victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night, extending their winning-streak to three straight.
Cleveland’s young dynamic backcourt of Kryie Irving and Dion Waiters caused chaos for Atlanta the entire night as the duo combined for 46 points, 12 rebounds, 9 assists, and 7 steals overall.
Irving led the way with 28/6/5 and Waiters chipped in with 18/6/4. Tyler Zeller (12), Alonzo Gee (10), and C.J. Miles (10) also scored in double figures.
Jeff Teague provided the bulk of the offense for the Hawks with 27 points and eight assists (both team-high’s). Reserve forward Anthony Tolliver topped his season-high with 11 points — in the second quarter. He finished with a new season best of 13 points on 5-of-7 shooting.
Lou Williams made his third consecutive start and played a game-high 40 minutes in the victory chipping in with 16 points, five boards and four assists. Al Horford added a double-double with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Kyle Korver rounded out the double-digit scorers with 11 points. Korver stuffed the stat sheet tonight with five boards, three steals, three blocks and two assists.
Josh Smith had a horrific game as he finished with seven points on 2-of-12 shooting (16.6%) overall while only grabbing six rebounds. In Smoove’s defense though, he did post six assists and five blocks.
Atlanta came out of the gate on a 8-0 run but Cleveland came back in a flash and claimed an 11-10 advantage at the 5:22 mark in the first quarter. Both teams traded buckets in the remaining time with Cleveland ending the first period leading 26-25.
The Hawks caught fire early in the second quarter and built a 50-39 lead with 3:49 left in the half but the Cavs came storming back and end the period on a 15-5 run capped off by an acrobatic 3-point buzzer beater by Kyrie that’s sure to be on tonight’s SportsCenter Top 10 Highlights.
Cleveland jumped out to a 68-59 lead after halftime and finished the third quarter up 80-75.
Then Atlanta turned it on in the fourth quarter.
Thanks to tough defense and clutch shot making, the Hawks outscored the Cavs 27-14 in the final period en route to a 102-94 victory. Kyle Korver nailed a 3-pointer dagger to put the Hawks up 100-94 with 1:21 remaining and Al Horford sank a pair of foul-shots down the stretch to secure the win.
The Atlanta Hawks (18-9) head back home to play the Indiana Pacers (17-12) on Saturday, Dec. 29, at 7:00 PM (ET).