LeBron James and the Cavaliers entered the season as the overwhelming favorite in the Eastern Conference, but the Hawks (49-12) are running away in the standings. They won their sixth in a row and for the 42nd time in the last 48 games.
Clearly inspired on a night when Hall of Famer and former Hawks star Dominique Wilkins was honored by the team, Atlanta got plenty of balance and showed again it might be capable of doing something that never happened during No. 21's brilliant career — win a championship.
James was held to 18 points on five-of-13 shooting. He had eight assists and nine turnovers.
After building a 17-point lead with a blistering performance in the first quarter, the Hawks finished strong after leading 81-79 heading to the final period.
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