Originally created 03/06/02

Cavaliers 103, Hawks 96

CLEVELAND -- Lamond Murray scored 17 of his 23 points in the second half as the Cleveland Cavaliers used a balanced inside attack to hold off the Atlanta Hawks 103-96 Tuesday night.

Five other Cavaliers scored in double digits as Cleveland snapped a four-game losing streak against the Hawks.

Wesley Person scored 19 points, Zydrunas Ilgauskas and Andre Miller each scored 13, Ricky Davis had 12 and Tyrone Hill got 10 points and 12 rebounds for the Cavs.

The Hawks' only lead was 2-0. From that point, the Cavs used penetration and worked the ball inside, drawing fouls. Cleveland went 20-for-26 from the free throw line.

The Hawks helped the Cavs with poor shooting in the first half, hitting just 33 percent from the field. But they rallied in the third quarter and, with 3:42 remaining, cut their deficit to one on a transition dunk by DerMarr Johnson.

After Miller nailed a 3-pointer, Jason Terry, who led Atlanta with 29 points, countered with a 3. But Davis released early in transition and answered Terry's shot with an alley-oop dunk on a pass from Jumaine Jones.

Early in the fourth quarter, Shareef Abdur-Rahim scored Atlanta's first eight points - he finished with 19 - but it was too late.

Notes: Cavs coach John Lucas will decide soon about rookie center DeSagana Diop's status for the remainder of the year, but said, "There is a chance that he could miss the rest of the year." ... Lucas said he expects to activate center Chris Mihm, who is nursing a bruised knee, next week. ... The Hawks held their last nine opponents under 100 points before this loss. ... Terry has at least one steal in the last 15 games. ... Abdur-Rahim has scored in double figures in 31 consecutive games. ... The Hawks are 9-27 when falling behind after the first quarter... The 9,915 attendance was the lowest of the season for Cleveland. ... The Cavs have won seven in a row when scoring more than 100 points.


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