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The Atlanta Hawks extended their winning streak to three games Friday night as they defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-94 at Quicken Loans Arena. Atlanta used a dominant fourth quarter and closed out the game strongly scoring the last nine points of the game while holding Cleveland scoreless over the final 2:53.
Atlanta got some big contributions from some unlikely places as Jeff Teague set a career-high with 27 points on 11-19 shooting. Teague also finished with a team high eight assists and added a couple of steals to his line. Atlanta outscored Cleveland 27-14 in the fourth quarter and Teague's bucket with 2:32 remaining gave the Hawks back the lead for good.
Lou Williams started for the third consecutive game and finished with 16 points, five rebounds and four assists. Al Horford recorded another double-double finishing with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Tolliver was pressed into duty playing just over 21 minutes and finished with 13 points off the bench. Kyle Korver rounded out Atlanta's scorers in double figures with 11.
Kyrie Irving did his best to match Teague's big night finishing with 28 points, six rebounds and five assists. Dion Waiters added 18 points while Tyler Zeller chipped in 12.
After getting obliterated on the boards in the first matchup between the two teams, the Hawks out rebounded the Cavs this time around 43-40. It certainly helped that Anderson Varejao missed the game with a bruised knee after he grabbed 18 by himself in the first meeting. His replacement Zeller finished with seven in just over 37 minutes.
The Hawks will fly home after the game and prepare for Saturday's matchup against the Indiana Pacers at Philips Arena.
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