Final

Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 12/29

Game 1: Tuesday, December 29th
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Hawks84
Game 2: Wednesday, December 30th
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Cavaliers106
Game 3: Friday, April 2nd
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Cavaliers93
Game 4: Wednesday, April 14th
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Hawks99

Cavaliers 83

(61-21, 26-15 away)

Hawks 99

(53-29, 34-7 home)

    Coverage: FSS

    8:00 PM ET, April 14, 2010

    Philips Arena, Atlanta, GA

    1 2 3 4 T
    CLE 23 23 14 2383
    ATL 27 21 29 2299

    Top Performers

    Cle: J. Moon 15 Pts, 7 Reb, 1 Ast, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Atl: J. Teague 24 Pts, 5 Reb, 15 Ast, 1 Stl

    Teague's double-double powers Hawks past Cavaliers

    Associated Press

    ATLANTA -- There was absolutely nothing on the line, just a shot at some playing time for a bunch of guys who rarely get on the court.

    Fast Facts

    • The Hawks have won 13 straight home games, their longest winning streak in Atlanta since a 20-game stretch during the 1996-97 season.

    • The Hawks ended a five-game losing streak vs. the Cavaliers.

    • Cleveland has lost four straight games; LeBron James did not play in any of them.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    Jeff Teague sure took advantage of it.

    The Atlanta rookie set career highs with 24 points and 15 assists in what was little more than an exhibition game, leading the Hawks past the LeBron James-less Cleveland Cavaliers 99-83 in the regular-season finale Wednesday night.

    "It was fun," Teague said.

    There was plenty of star power -- on the bench.

    James finished up his end-of-the-season break, and the Cavaliers also gave Shaquille O'Neal the night off even though he hasn't played since going out Feb. 25 with a sprained right thumb. At the other end of the court, Joe Johnson and Jamal Crawford watched in street clothes; the Hawks played only one regular starter, Marvin Williams.

    Both teams were already locked into their playoff seedings and saw no reason to risk injury to anyone who might play a key role in the postseason. So just about every recognizable name watched this one from the safety of the sideline, cheering on players such as Atlanta's Jason Collins and Cleveland's Jawad Williams.

    Most of the suspense came after the game. The Hawks hung around in the locker room to watch the end of Miami's double-overtime victory over New Jersey, which meant third-seeded Atlanta will face Milwaukee in the opening round of the playoffs instead of Dwyane Wade and the Heat.

    Cleveland will open against the Chicago Bulls, who clinched the final spot in the East with a win at Charlotte.

    For the top-seeded Cavaliers, the season that matters is just beginning. Cleveland is still smarting from its upset loss to Orlando in last year's Eastern Conference finals.

    "It'll be good to play games that mean something," Zydrunas Ilgauskas said.

    Teague easily surpassed his previous career highs of 13 points and eight assists. Mario West also had a career-best with 10 points, including a spectacular dunk. Joe Smith had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

    "I couldn't be more proud of a group of guys," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said. "The way the bench stepped up was fantastic."

    Especially Teague, the Hawks' first-round draft pick last summer but used sparingly through most of the regular season.

    "I think this shows I can play in this league," Teague said. "I hope I can contribute in the playoffs. This game gave the second unit a lot of confidence."

    Jamario Moon led Cleveland with 15 points but only one teammate, J.J. Hickson with 14 points, reached double figures. The pseudo-Cavaliers were particularly inept at the foul line, making only 20-of-36 attempts.

    "We got through it," Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said.

    Collins scored 10 points -- surpassing his total for the entire season. He even attempted his first 3-pointer since the 2007-08 season (and, no, it didn't go in).

    There was plenty of sloppy play. Atlanta's Randolph Morris picked up four fouls playing less than eight minutes in the first half and then got whistled for two more quick ones in the fourth quarter to finish off his night, having played just 15 minutes.

    If nothing else, the Hawks at least showed their scrubs were better than Cleveland's. The Cavaliers had won nine straight in the series, including a four-game sweep in the second round of last year's playoffs.

    Atlanta was assured of being the No. 3 seed after Boston lost at Chicago on Tuesday, giving Woodson a chance to at least rest most of his regulars for one game. Josh Smith, Al Horford and Mike Bibby were in uniform but never left the bench.

    Game notes


    The crowd was announced as a sellout of 19,069, though some fans clearly stayed home after getting word that none of the big names would be playing. ... The Hawks averaged 16,546 this season, actually down slightly (16,748) from a year ago even though the team won six more games and finished one spot higher in the Eastern Conference. ... Seven players scored in double figures for the Hawks. ... In addition to James and O'Neal, Cleveland also put guard Daniel Gibson on the inactive list. ... The Hawks finished 34-7 at home this season. ... Brown said O'Neal will start in the playoffs despite his long layoff.

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    Team Stat Comparison

     
    CLE
    ATL
    Points 83 99
    FGM-FGA 31-73 (.425) 43-79 (.544)
    3PM-3PA 1-14 (.071) 2-11 (.182)
    FTM-FTA 20-36 (.556) 11-17 (.647)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 9-35 9-42
    Assists 18 26
    Turnovers 15 19
    Steals 11 9
    Blocks 2 2
    Fast Break Points 22 20
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (1/0) 22 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 2 26

    Top Performers

    Cleveland
    Atlanta
    Jamario Moon Moon
    Points: 15
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 1
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1
    Jeff Teague Teague
    Points: 24
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 15
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0