Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 1/25

Game 1: Saturday, January 25th
Game 2: Friday, January 31st
Game 3: Wednesday, March 5th
Game 4: Friday, April 11th

Cavaliers 91

(9-38, 3-23 away)

Hawks 96

(18-29, 14-11 home)

    Coverage: FSOH

    7:30 PM ET, January 31, 2003

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 27 18 21 2591
    ATL 30 22 21 2396

    Top Performers

    Cle: Z. Ilgauskas 21 Pts, 4 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Blk

    Atl: G. Robinson 20 Pts, 3 Reb, 5 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Robinson scores 20 points for Atlanta

    ATLANTA (AP) -- The Atlanta Hawks played a sloppy game, but it was enough to beat the woeful Cleveland Cavaliers.

    Glenn Robinson scored 20 points and the Hawks held off the league's worst team 96-91 Friday night for their fourth win in five games.

    Cleveland, which never led after the first quarter, pulled within one point a couple of times in the final two minutes. The Cavaliers couldn't regain the lead, however, fittingly squandering their last chance with a turnover.

    "I was glad we were able to learn from a win instead of learn from a loss," Atlanta coach Terry Stotts said. "I can't say that I'm happy overall with the way we played."

    Atlanta has put together its most successful stretch in a largely dismal season, following up a 97-83 win at Philadelphia. The Hawks didn't play nearly as well in this one, committing 18 turnovers, shooting just 44 percent and struggling to the finish with a 9-38 team.

    "We're shooting ourselves in the foot," Theo Ratliff said. "There was a big difference in how we played against Philly and how we played against Cleveland."

    Still, with trade talks swirling around, the Hawks are finally showing signs of life.

    "We've got to play every game like it's the last one," Jason Terry said. "There's a lot of trade rumors. I like playing with these guys. If it's me that's traded, I want to go out with a bang."

    Smush Parker came up with a steal and passed to Jumaine Jones for a layup that made it 90-89 with 1:49 remaining, but Terry hit two free throws to stretch the margin back to three.

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas countered with two free throws of his own, pulling Cleveland to 92-91, and the Cavaliers had a chance to go ahead after Dion Glover was called for an offensive foul.

    Darius Miles got a good look from the top of the key, but his jumper rimmed out with 45 seconds left. The Hawks ran down the shot clock before Glover drew a foul backing into the lane. He made both free throws with 21.9 seconds to go.

    Cleveland never got a chance to tie it up with a 3-pointer. The Hawks tightened up around the arc, and Ratliff knocked the ball away when Parker attempted to go inside to Ilgauskas. Robinson was fouled and made both free throws with 7.9 seconds left to finish off the Cavaliers.

    Ratliff took advantage of Parker's inexperience.

    "He's a rookie," the Atlanta center said. "He got a little flustered and kind of lobbed the ball in there. I was trying to play (Ilgauskas) hard and not let him just catch the ball."

    Ilgauskas led Cleveland with 21 points, while Jones gave the Cavs a boost from the outside by hitting three 3-pointers and finishing with 15 points.

    Terry, who missed the previous game with a sore hip, returned to score 17 points.

    Cleveland has dropped eight of nine to maintain the worst record in the league.

    "These guys played the way we wanted them to," said coach Keith Smart, who dropped to 1-4 since taking over for the fired John Lucas. "They got us back in the game. We had a chance."

    The teams were playing for the second time in six days. At Cleveland, Atlanta defeated the Cavaliers 102-101 in overtime last Saturday.

    "Nothing's going our way," Ilgauskas said. "We're playing better. You can see the improvement. We're not getting blown out by 20 points in the fourth quarter."

    Played before a sparse crowd that was generously announced at 9,704, the game lived down to the reputation of its two teams.

    One sequence was especially telling. Ratliff had his shot blocked, and Glover unwisely saved the ball right to Cleveland's Ricky Davis while stumbling out of bounds. Davis took off the other way, only to throw a long pass out of bounds when his team had a clear edge in numbers.

    Cleveland had 22 turnovers, including nine for Davis.

    Game notes
    The Hawks have won four straight at home over the Cavaliers. ... The Cavaliers' last lead came on Jones' dunk with 1:03 left in the first period, putting his team ahead 27-26. ... Cleveland outrebounded the Hawks 46-35. Carlos Boozer led with 10 rebounds.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 91 96
    FGM-FGA 34-79 (.430) 33-75 (.440)
    3PM-3PA 3-12 (.250) 5-16 (.313)
    FTM-FTA 20-26 (.769) 25-32 (.781)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 18-46 11-35
    Assists 20 21
    Turnovers 22 18
    Steals 9 11
    Blocks 6 5
    Fast Break Points 7 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 23 (0/0) 23 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Zydrunas Ilgauskas Ilgauskas
    Points: 21
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2
    Glenn Robinson Robinson
    Points: 20
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1