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Hawks 117, Cavaliers 98

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ATLANTA — Guard Mike Scott, who had only 16 total points in the last four games, came off the bench to score 26 points and pace the Atlanta Hawks to a 117-98 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Friday night.

The second-year player from Virginia was nearly perfect from the floor, going 12-for-13, including one 3-pointer. It was four points shy of his career high. Scott scored 11 points in the second quarter when he was 5-for-5 from the field.

The win gave Atlanta a three-game season sweep of its series with Cleveland and stretched its winning streak against the Cavs to four games. The Hawks have won two of three games, and Cleveland lost for only the second time in seven games.

Atlanta (33-43) got 20 points — 15 in the second half — and 12 assists from guard Jeff Teague, who had his 13th double-double of the season. Forward Paul Millsap added 16 points and 11 rebounds for his 26th double-double. Reserve guard Lou Williams added 16 points.

Atlanta, which never trailed, had its biggest offensive night since scoring 118 against Toronto on March 18.

Cleveland (31-46) was led by guard Dion Waiters with 23 points and center Spencer Hawes with 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Atlanta regained the momentum by starting the second half with an 8-1 run and pushed the advantage to 69-50 on a 3-pointer by forward DeMarre Carroll with 8:40 left.

Hawes tried to single-handedly get the Cavs back in the game by scoring seven straight points and 13 in the third quarter. But Teague had four assists and nine points in the quarter, including a driving layup at the buzzer that gave Atlanta a 90-73 lead.

The Hawks put together their most productive first quarter of the season. They shot 66.7 percent from the floor (14-for-21) and had six different players make a 3-pointer. Atlanta put 39 points on the board, its best of the season in the first quarter, and led by 16 points.

Waiters has 10 of Cleveland’s 23 points in the first quarter.

Atlanta stretched its lead to 23 points when Williams dropped in a jumper to make it 51-28 with 8:15 left in the half.

That is when the Cavs began to get serious on defense. They forced seven turnovers in the quarter and changed the momentum by finishing the half with a 21-10 run that trimmed their deficit to 61-49 at intermission.

NOTES: Entering Friday’s game, Cleveland G Dion Walters had scored 202 points in nine games since being inserted in the starting lineup. Walters, who had 26 points at Orlando on Wednesday, became a starter on March 18 when G Kyrie Irving was injured. He has led or shared the team lead in scoring in six of the nine games. … Injury report: Cleveland C Anderson Varejao returned to action after missing a game with a sprained right AC joint. G. CJ Miles (left ankle sprain) and G Carrick Felix (left patellar stress fracture) were out and F Anthony Bennett was excused for personal reasons. Atlanta C Al Horford (right pectoral muscle surgery), F Gustavo Ayon (right shoulder surgery) and G John Jenkins (lower back surgery) remain sidelined for the season. … Atlanta plays again at Indiana on Sunday. Three of Atlanta’s final seven games are on the road. Cleveland hosts Charlotte on Saturday and will play four of its final five games at home.

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