Hawks fend off the Cavaliers in double-overtime
JEFF TEAGUE scored a career-high 34 points, including a 20-foot jumper at the buzzer in the second overtime, to give the visiting Atlanta Hawks a 127-125 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers last night.
Teague's fallaway jumper over Tristan Thompson bounced off the rim five times before falling through the net to give Atlanta the victory. Teague fell to the floor after shooting the ball and was mobbed by his teammates.
Teague's three-pointer with 4.9 seconds left tied the game at 108-all in the first overtime.
Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 40 points, including 12 in the second OT.
Hawks center Al Horford, who scored two baskets late in regulation to tie the game, suffered an apparent shoulder injury in the first OT and didn't return.
Irving hit a three-pointer and a layup a steal for the first five points of the second overtime. Thompson followed with a basket and a three-point play to give Cleveland a 118-113 lead with 2:50 remaining, but the Hawks weren't finished.
Kyle Korver converted a four-point play with 2:33 remaining that cut the lead to one. Irving and Korver exchanged three-pointers, Cleveland's All-Star point guard followed with a jumper for a 123-120 lead.
Following Shelvin Mack's basket, Teague converted a three-point play to put Atlanta up 125-123. Irving's jumper tied the game with 55.8 seconds left.
Teague's three-pointer with 4.9 seconds left tied the game at 108-all in the first overtime. The Cavaliers called timeout, but Irving lost the ball out of bounds, giving the Hawks one last shot with 2.4 seconds to go. Teague missed from the corner, forcing the second overtime.
The game featured 12 lead changes and was tied 17 times.
Korver scored 20 points, including four three-pointers. He has made at least one three in an NBA record 98 consecutive games.
Cavaliers guard Dion Waiters returned after missing three games because of tendinitis in his right wrist. He scored 20 points in 41 minutes.
In other games
* At Houston, James Harden scored 27 points, Terrence Jones added 20 and Chandler Parsons had 15 points and 11 rebounds to lead the Rockets over the Memphis Grizzlies, 100-92.
Zach Randolph had 23 points and 17 rebounds for Memphis.
* At Dallas, Tony Parker had 23 points, Danny Green had 22 and Tim Duncan had 21 points and 13 rebounds to lead the San Antonio Spurs over the Mavericks, 116-107.
The Mavs were led by Dirk Nowitzki's 25 points. Monta Ellis added 23 and Vince Carter had 20. Dallas played without Brandan Wright, who had an undisclosed illness.
* The NBA said its referees made a mistake when they ejected Clippers forward Blake Griffin in the 105-103 loss at Golden State on Wednesday night. Griffin was ejected for his second technical with 10:43 remaining after scuffling with Andrew Bogut, following Warriors forward Draymond Green to the showers after they got into it at the end of the third.
A common foul should have been called on Griffin for initially attempting to dislodge the Warriors' Andrew Bogut and a technical foul should have been assessed to Bogut for grabbing Griffin by the shirt and wrestling with him."
Meanwhile, Green was fined $15,000 by the NBA for failing to leave the court in a timely manner after his ejection.
* Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban says he has two herniated disks in his lower back and likely will need surgery. Cuban, 55, said his back has been sore and he has had "shooting pains up his legs."