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NBA scores: Atlanta Hawks lose to woeful Cleveland Cavaliers at home

The Hawks suffered an embarrassing home loss to the Cavs, who entered the game with a 1-9 road record, on Friday. The Heat almost embarrassed themselves too, pulling away late for a close victory over the San Antonio Spurs, who dressed nine players and just one of their top five scorers.


The Atlanta Hawks squandered an 11-point halftime lead on their way to a 113-111 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night. Cleveland's Alonzo Gee made a putback for the game-winner with less than one second remaning.

The Cavs outscored the Hawks in the fourth quarter, 31-20, to steal a last-second win away from the Hawks at home. Three players scored at least 20 points for Cleveland, including Anderson Varejao, who had 20 points and 18 rebounds to lead his team to a rare road win. The Cavs are just 2-9 away from home after the victory over Atlanta.

Josh Smith had 25 points and eight rebounds to pace the Hawks, while Al Horford scored 15 points and pulled down 11 boards. In all, six Hawks players scored in double-digits.

Elsewhere in the NBA's Southeast division, the Miami Heat picked up a 105-100 win over the San Antonio Spurs on Thursday, even though the Spurs were without four of their top five scorers. The Heat struggled with the short-handed Spurs, having to outscore them in the fourth quarter, 32-24, to escape with a victory.

Other scores from around the division (all from Friday):

Philadelphia 76ers 104, Charlotte Bobcats 98

Brooklyn Nets 98, Orlando Magic 86

New York Knicks 108, Washington Wizards 87

Photographs by coka_koehler used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.