Cleveland (7-24) took an 80-75 lead into the fourth quarter, but Atlanta (18-9) outscored the Cavaliers, 27-14, in the final 12 minutes to win its third straight game. The Hawks shot 48.7 percent from the field and made 13 of 24 shots from behind the three-point line, while the Cavs shot just 41.9 percent and hit 8 of 21 threes.
Jeff Teague led the way for Atlanta, scoring 27 points on 11 of 19 shooting. Teague added eight assists, two rebounds, two steals and a blocked shot. Al Horford compiled a double-double, tallying 14 points and 11 rebounds. Lou Williams had 16 points, Anthony Tolliver added 13 and Kyle Korver finished with 11.
Kyrie Irving had 28 points, six rebounds, five assists, four steals and one block to lead the Cavaliers, who were without starting center Anderson Varejao for the fifth straight game due to a bruised right knee. Tyler Zeller filled in for Varejao and contributed 12 points, seven rebounds, one steal, one block and one assist in 37 minutes.
Next up for the Hawks is a home game against the Indiana Pacers Saturday, Dec. 29 at 7 p.m. ET.