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Hawks 102, Cavs 94: Irving scores 28, Cavs go scoreless over final 2:53

By Jason Lloyd Published: December 28, 2012
Waiters shoots vs Hawks
Dion Waiters shoots over the Hawks' Josh Smith during the second quarter Friday in Cleveland. Waiters had 18 points, but the Cavs lost 102-94. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND: Kyle Korver's 3-pointer with 1:21 left sent the Atlanta Hawks to a 102-94 victory over the Cavaliers, ending their brief two-game winning streak.

Kyrie Irving's driving layup with 2:53 left put the Cavs ahead 94-93, but they went scoreless the rest of the night. After a pair of poor offensive looks from Irving and Dion Waiters in the final minutes, the Hawks grabbed an offensive rebound and found Korver on the wing for his third 3-pointer of the night and a 100-94 lead.

Irving had 28 points, six rebounds and five assists and Waiters had 18 points, six rebounds and four assists, but their offensive outburst was negated by the Hawks' starting back court, nearly matched the Hawks basket for basket. Jeff Teague had a career-high 27 points as he and Lou Williams combined for 43.

The Cavs were again without Anderson Varejao, who is expected to miss at least another week with a bruised right knee. Tyler Zeller had 12 points and seven rebounds in his place, but also turned it over four times.

Tristan Thompson had eight points and eight rebounds, ending his double-double streak at four games. Daniel Gibson left with a head injury in the first half and did not return. 

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