The Atlanta Hawks lost to the Cleveland Cavaliers 113-111 at home at Philips Arena.  This was the third game of a five-game homestand for the Hawks.  With the loss, the Hawks dropped to 9-5 on the season, 0-1 in the regular season series with the Cavaliers, and 2-1 on their homestand.  The Hawks also had their winning streak of six-straight games snapped.  The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Devin Harris in the backcourt, DeShawn Stevenson and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Al Horford at center.  Right from here, you could tell the Hawks were going to have some problems rebounding the basketball.  Against the leading rebounder in the NBA, Anderson Varejao, Coach Larry Drew needed to implement his big lineup with a frontcourt of Smith, Horford, and Zaza Pachulia.  Also, he should've moved DeShawn Stevenson to the shooting guard to defend Dion Waiters and had Devin Harris come off the bench.  Kyle Korver (back spasms) did not play.  The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with a game-high 25 points.  He also grabbed eight rebounds.  Louis Williams added 18 points off the bench.  Al Horford and Jeff Teague scored 15 points apiece.  Horford also had 11 boards (giving him a double-double on the night) and five assists, while Teague also had seven assists and six steals.  Devin Harris contributed 13 points.  DeShawn Stevenson had 12 points.  The leading scorer for the Cavaliers was Jeremy Pargo (brother of former Hawk Jannero Pargo), with 22 points.  In the first quarter, the Hawks outscored the Cavaliers 29-27.  In the second quarter, the Hawks went on a 17-2 run and outscored the Cavaliers 38-29 in the quarter.  On the last Hawks possession of the quarter, Ivan Johnson nailed a buzzer-beating three-pointer (the third of his career), to give the Hawks a 67-56 lead over the Cavaliers at the break.  The 67 first-half points was a season-high for the Hawks in a half.  In the third quarter, the Cavaliers went on a 17-6 run and cut the Hawks' lead to one.  The Hawks managed to get their lead back up to nine, 91-82, heading into the final frame.  In the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers went on a 16-2 run.  Jeremy Pargo scored 10 points in the fourth quarter, inclduing three-straight baskets to give the Cavaliers a 105-99 lead over the Hawks with 2:24 to play in regulation.  On the next Hawks possesion, Jeff Teague banked in a runner from the left baseline and was fouled.  He hit the free-throw to cut the Hawks' deficit to three.  Louis Williams dropped in a three-pointer to tie the game at 105.  Both Anderson Varejao and Dion Waiters scored in the lane to give the Cavaliers a 109-105 lead over the Hawks with 25 seconds to go.  Josh Smith answered back by swishing in a three-pointer on the next Hawks' possession.  The Hawks fouled Anderson Varejao on the next Cavaliers possession, and he hit both free-throws.  Louis Williams then hit a huge three-pointer to tie the game at 111.  Dion Waiters then shot a three that barely hit the rim, but Josh Smith failed to box-out, and Alonzo Gee hit the reverse layup with 0.4 seconds left to give the Cavaliers a 113-111 lead.  As the Hawks had no timeouts left, DeShawn Stevenson was forced to heave up a prayer from beyond halfcourt, which came after the final buzzer anyway, and the Hawks lost by two.  I think there are a few reasons the Hawks lost.  I think the first is rebounding.  The Hawks were outrebounded 49-28.  I mostly blame this on Coach Drew for not giving Zaza Pachulia and Ivan Johnson enough playing time.  This lead to the Hawks being outscored 27-14 in second-chance points due to being outrebounded 18-10 on the offensive glass.  This was especially unfortunate, given that the game-winning bucket was a second-chance bucket off an offensive rebound.  I also credit the loss a lot to free-throw shooting.  The Hawks missed nine attempts at the charity stripe, compared to just one miss at the charity stripe by the Cavaliers.  If the Hawks had just made three more of those, they would've won.  Tough loss for the Hawks, as their winning streak came to an end.
Josh Smith fights for the rebound vs. CLE