Atlanta Hawks win after holding off rally by Cleveland Cavaliers

Atlanta Hawks win after holding off rally by Cleveland Cavaliers
Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving, left, dives for a loose ball in front of Atlanta Hawks guard Jeff Teague during the Hawks' 109-101 win Tuesday. (Curtis Compton / Associated Press)

No LeBron James. No Al Horford.

Late decisions by Cleveland and Atlanta to hold out the two stars could have led to a letdown, but Paul Millsap made sure the Hawks were tough down the stretch.


Millsap scored 26 points and took over for Atlanta in the fourth quarter to help hold off a Cleveland comeback and the Hawks beat the short-handed Cavaliers, 109-101, on Tuesday night at Atlanta.

James, celebrating his 30th birthday, was held out with a sore left knee. Cavaliers forward Shawn Marion was held out with a left ankle sprain.

Horford left the court with an upset stomach only minutes before tipoff.

The Hawks led by 17 points early in the second half but had to hold off a comeback by Cleveland, which had 35 points from Kyrie Irving.

James' status is day to day.

"Obviously, we want to get him right," Coach David Blatt said after James was pulled from the starting lineup about 90 minutes before the game.

James wore a gray suit as he watched the game from the bench.

Detroit 109, at Orlando 86: Jodie Meeks scored 34 points off the bench, shooting nine for 11 on three-pointers, and Andre Drummond added 17 points and 22 rebounds to lead the Pistons. Drummond sat out the final 14 minutes after coming within three rebounds of the league's season high.

Brooklyn 96, at Chicago 82: Brook Lopez had a season-high 29 points and Joe Johnson had a double-double with 20 points and 11 rebounds as the Nets snapped the Bulls' seven-game winning streak.

at Memphis 95, San Antonio 87: Mike Conley had 30 points, connecting on 10 of 13 from the field, and six assists, and Marc Gasol added 17 points for the Grizzlies. The Spurs shot five of 22 from outside the arc.

at New Orleans 110, Phoenix 106: Tyreke Evans scored 24 points, including eight straight in the final two minutes, and the Pelicans halted the Suns' winning streak at six games. The Pelicans made their last eight free throws after hitting only 10 of their previous 21 attempts.

at Dallas 114, Washington 87: Monta Ellis scored 20 points in 27 minutes, including nine points in the final 2:35 of the second quarter, when the Mavericks outscored the Wizards 36-21. for a 63-45 halftime lead. He shot eight of 15 and finished with four steals without playing in the fourth quarter.