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