CLEVELAND, April 19 (Ticker) --
The Cleveland Cavaliers still
managed to record a little bit of history without some key
scored 19 points and handed out six assists and
added 16 and seven rebounds as the Cavaliers
escaped with a 100-99 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in the
regular-season finale for both teams.
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The Cavs (50-32) will face the Washington Wizards in the first
round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. The Wizards won three
of four meetings between the teams during the regular season.
"That's good they (Washington) want to play us," Cleveland coach
said. "I'd probably want to play us too if I was
"We knew this was our last day to have fun," Marshall said. "Now
it gets serious."
Even though All-Star LeBron James
and Larry Hughes
for the playoffs, Cleveland managed to win its 50th game of the
season for the fourth time in franchise history and first since
the 1992-93 campaign.
"I'm happy for our organization and happy for the guys in the
locker room, and for (owner) Dan Gilbert," said Brown, who
became the first rookie coach to win 50 games since
accomplished the task with Detroit in 2001-02 .
After three quarters, the Cavaliers held an 80-66 cushion.
However, the Cavs waited until the waning moments to seal
Atlanta pulled within, 84-82, following a basket by
with 7:09 to go and remained close thereafter. With
22 seconds left, Murray split a pair of free throws for a 98-94
lead, but nine ticks later a layup by Tyronn Lue
cut the deficit
A 3-pointer by Josh Smith
pulled the Hawks within 100-99 with
seven seconds left. Marshall then missed two free throws for the
Cavs, giving the Hawks a final chance.
Smith gathered the rebound off Marshall's second miss and
dribbled the length of the floor before missing a 3-pointer
as time expired.
"It was a heckuva of a win by a lot of guys who didn't get many
minutes this year," Brown said.
collected 14 points and a career-high 18
rebounds for the Cavaliers, who wrapped up the season with a
11-game home winning streak.
Smith scored 21 points and Harrington added 16 and 11 boards for
Atlanta (26-56), which missed the playoffs for the seventh
"(This game) kind of typified our season. We've been in games
like this all year," Hawks coach Mike Woodson
"Doubling our win total from last year is a big accomplishment
for me and for all the people who were here last year," Smith