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[ATLANTA] — The Atlanta Hawks played host to the Cleveland Cavaliers last night and the hometown crowd got exactly what they paid for in the form of a hard-fought 126 to 125 Hawks victory. The win bumps Atlanta's record up to 42-38 on the season, while the loss drags Cleveland's down to 51-29. More than just a victory, the performance could serve as a boost for the Hawks. Having scored early and often against their opponents this time out, the club will look to capitalize on their momentum heading into their next contest.

Team results aside, a monster night from LeBron James is all that fans will be talking about as they process the contest. James pumped out a stat line of 32 points, 16 rebounds, 10 assists, 0 blocks and 1 steals in 47 minutes on the night, quantifiable proof of his place among the top tier of NBA players. Unfortunately for James, what really matters - the result on the scoreboard - still leans in favor of the Hawks. Perhaps continued performances like this one in the near future will get Cleveland back in the win column before too long.

At the helm for the Hawks in the victory was Kyrie Irving and while he may not have posted a more attractive statline than James, he did help his club walk away with the victory. Irving posted 45 points, 2 rebounds and 9 assists in the win.

From a personal standpoint, Kyrie Irving made his presence felt from beyond the arc, toying with defenders all night long and connecting on an impressive 8 bombs. Putting a stop to any NBA calibre talent is no easy task, but even more so when they're red-hot from beyond three-point range.

Perhaps just as significant if not more so than any individual performance, was Atlanta's ability to take the Cavs out of their game. A stellar defensive performance by the Hawks helped insure the victory from the moment the two teams set foot on the court. Should the club continue to excel on both sides of the ball, the rest of the league better start planning accordingly.

Up next for the reeling Hawks will be a date with the Charlotte Hornets while the visiting Cavaliers will look to bounce back in a matchup with the Miami Heat.

Hawks Stats

Roster P R A B S M
T. Hardaway Jr21940037
P. Millsap22920136
D. Schroder13351127
K. Bazemore13240430
D. Howard19521024
M. Muscala12541025
E. Ilyasova6800121
T. Prince7031025
M. Dunleavy7020115
J. Calderon2330012
M. Delaney4120013
D. Bembry000001

Cavaliers Stats

Roster P R A B S M
L. James3216100147
K. Irving45290145
K. Love111551042
C. Frye12802124
J. Smith9420034
K. Korver11310028
R. Jefferson0210118
I. Shumpert2200018
D. Williams310008
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