Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 1/25

Game 1: Saturday, January 25th
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OT
Cavaliers101
Game 2: Friday, January 31st
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Hawks96
Game 3: Wednesday, March 5th
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Cavaliers105
Game 4: Friday, April 11th
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Hawks109

Hawks 102

(16-28, 3-17 away)

Cavaliers 101

(8-36, 5-15 home)

7:30 PM ET, January 25, 2003

Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH

1 2 3 4 OT T
ATL 25 21 25 22 9102
CLE 24 28 22 19 8101

Top Performers

Atlanta: G. Robinson 27 Pts, 9 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

Cleveland: Z. Ilgauskas 19 Pts, 8 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

Big Dog scores six of his 27 points in OT

CLEVELAND (AP) -- Glenn Robinson and Shareef Abdur-Rahim clearly knew what to do for Atlanta -- put away the young Cleveland Cavaliers.

Abdur-Rahim
Abdur-Rahim

Robinson
Robinson

Robinson scored 27 points, including six in overtime, and Abdur-Rahim added 25 to lead the Hawks to a 102-101 victory Saturday night.

"We got it going,'' Robinson said. "We knew we had to step it up because we were in trouble, but our guys kept their focus after beating the best team in the league.''

Atlanta, which upset Sacramento on Friday night, won its second straight after a six-game losing streak. The Hawks won for the first time on the road since Nov. 12 and improved to 3-17 away from home.

Zydrunas Ilgauskas scored 19 points to lead Cleveland, which has lost six in a row and nine of 10. The Cavaliers dropped to 0-2 under interim coach Keith Smart, who replaced the fired John Lucas on Monday.

Atlanta won by making a few less mistakes than the error-prone Cavs, holding Cleveland scoreless after trailing 93-88 with 2:06 left in regulation.

Cleveland led 93-91 when Abdur-Rahim was called for traveling with 38.1 seconds left. The Cavs' Ricky Davis then dribbled the ball off his leg and out of bounds seven seconds later.

Abdur-Rahim tied it by scoring on a drive with 12.7 seconds to play.

"I knew I had to pick it up myself,'' Abdur-Rahim said. "The fourth quarter -- that is winning time. The team has confidence in us (he and Robinson) and tries to get the ball to us.''

After a timeout, Davis pump-faked three times before taking an off-balance jumper from 16 feet that clanged off the rim.

Robinson scored on a drive to begin overtime for a 95-93 lead, and the Hawks never trailed again.

Smush Parker scored 17 points for Cleveland, including two 3-pointers in overtime, but the Cavaliers continued to make mistakes.

"Turnovers and missed free throws have killed us all season,'' Parker said. "We would make a mistake and down at the other end, Robinson or Shareef would make a big shot.''

Cleveland was outscored from the foul line 28-16.

With Atlanta ahead 102-101, the Hawks' Jason Terry missed a 3-point attempt with four seconds left. Davis got the rebound, but instead of calling timeout, began dribbling up court. He finally screamed for time with 1.5 seconds to play.

"There was a little bit of confusion,'' Smart said. "It was in his mind to call a timeout, but at the last moment, I think he thought, 'maybe I need to get it up the floor' and we lost time on that. We're learning, we're growing.''

The Cavs' final shot, from midcourt, came after the final buzzer.

Ilgauskas sat out 6:04 of the third quarter with a bloody lip after being elbowed, but Atlanta could not take advantage of the 7-foot-3 center's absence.

Terry missed the first nine minutes of the fourth quarter after sustaining a strained hip when fouled on a drive to the basket with three seconds to play in the third.

Ilgauskas scored 13 points in the first half to help Cleveland lead at the break 52-46.

Smart was much more active along the sidelines in his second game at the helm, shouting instructions and encouragement.

"Z, you better make this one,'' Smart yelled when Ilgauskas tracked down a loose ball in the corner and hurriedly took a 20-footer.

Smart just shook his head when the shot missed.

Game notes


Hawks F Chris Crawford, activated Friday, dressed but did not play. He has not played since Nov. 30 because of an inflamed left knee. ... Atlanta is 3-1 in overtime, and Cleveland 0-4. ... Cavs reserve C Chris Mihm scored a season-high 10 points.

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Team Stat Comparison

 
ATL
CLE
Points 102 101
FGM-FGA 35-86 (.407) 40-94 (.426)
3PM-3PA 4-17 (.235) 5-16 (.313)
FTM-FTA 28-35 (.800) 16-24 (.667)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 14-46 14-47
Assists 25 26
Turnovers 17 19
Steals 11 9
Blocks 7 7
Fast Break Points 9 7
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 24 (0/0)

Top Performers

Atlanta
Cleveland
Glenn Robinson Robinson
Points: 27
Reb: 9
Ast: 4
Stl: 1
Blk: 0
Zydrunas Ilgauskas Ilgauskas
Points: 19
Reb: 8
Ast: 3
Stl: 1
Blk: 0