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Final: Hawks 121, Cavs 94

By Jason Lloyd Published: January 21, 2012

The Cavs were run off the floor for the second time in as many nights, falling to the Atlanta Hawks Saturday 121-94. They've now lost two games in the last 48 hours by a combined 66 points.

Kyrie Irving had 18 points, but turned it over seven times and had a game-worst plus/minus ratio of minus-28.

The Hawks used runs of 9-0 in the first quarter, 8-0 in the second and 13-2 in the third to take a 26-point lead into the fourth quarter. The Cavs trailed by as many as 33 in the fourth.

Tristan Thompson had 16 points off the bench for the Cavs, who managed just five offensive rebounds, allowed the Hawks to shoot 61 percent, make 11 3-pointers and set a season high for points scored.

Coach Byron Scott spent his pregame Saturday publicly scolding Irving for his defense and again insisting the Cavs' defense must improve. For the second time in as many nights, it was awful.


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