ATLANTA -- Jason Terry didn't plan to dominate the game. It just happened that way.
Terry had 43 points, including a tying 3-pointer with less than a second left in regulation, and the Atlanta Hawks rallied to beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 128-123 in double overtime Saturday night.
"I didn't really take over," Terry said. "I was just very aggressive. I played off my teammates and they gave me lanes to the basket and when I got there, I was able to finish."
He played a career-high 54 minutes, including the entire second half and both extra periods. Shareef Abdur-Rahim finished with 36 points and sealed the victory with two free throws with 14.6 seconds left.
Abdur-Rahim played 53 minutes and Ira Newble 50, even though the Hawks were playing for the second straight night. They lost 112-73 in Toronto on Friday.
"We talk about giving them a rest, but you say well, they're the ones that got us here, so let's run with them," Atlanta coach Lon Kruger said. "I don't think we could have pried Jason out of there late."
Andre Miller had 27 and Wesley Person added 25 for Cleveland, which lost its second straight after a three-game winning streak. Person scored nine points in the third quarter but started the fourth on the bench.
He watched the Cavaliers take an 11-point and didn't return until the final four minutes, then managed just one point the rest of regulation.
"I had a good third quarter and I felt like I was in a groove then," Person said. "Then I sat down for ... eight minutes, and I had a hard time getting back in it. My first two shots I took after that, I was really stiff."
Abdur-Rahim gave the Hawks the lead for good at 122-119 with a three-point play early in the second OT. After the Cavaliers closed within one point in the final minute, Terry drove down the lane and threw a no-look pass to Ira Newble, who dunked it for a three-point lead.
Cleveland turned the ball over on its next possession, and Abdur-Rahim closed out the scoring with two free throws.
Atlanta rallied from 11 points down to tie it at 100 on two free throws by Newble with 1:47 left in regulation, but still trailed by three after Miller hit two foul shots with 6.5 seconds to go.
Instead of calling a timeout, the Hawks quickly inbounded the ball to Terry, who got a pick from Newble at midcourt to shake Ricky Davis and hit a wide-open 3 with 0.5 seconds on the clock.
"It was a decoy," Terry said of not calling timeout. "We threw them off guard for a second. When Shareef threw it in to me, I just broke up the sideline. By the time they realized it, Ira was there to set up a really good pick."
Cleveland seemed in control midway through the fourth quarter, taking a 97-86 lead on Ricky Davis' dunk. But Atlanta slowly crept back in the game, scoring six straight points to tie the game on Newble's foul shots.
Notes: Atlanta forward Alan Henderson (sore right knee) sat out. ... The Hawks improved to 19-15 since Feb. 2. ... Ricky Davis is the only Cleveland player to see action in all 80 games this season. ... Abdur-Rahim, bumped hard on a drive early in the third period by Cleveland's Tyrone Hill, got a technical for tossing the ball to Hill on his way to the free throw line. ... The Cavs went scoreless for more than four minutes late in the first quarter, turning a 15-13 lead into a 26-15 deficit.
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