CLEVELAND, April 19 (Ticker) -- The Cleveland Cavaliers still managed to record a little bit of history without some key players.

Ronald Murray scored 19 points and handed out six assists and Donyell Marshall 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.

NBA TV highlights from
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 Mike Brown said. "I'd probably want to play us too if I was them."

"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 were resting 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 Rick Carlisle 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 the contest.

Atlanta pulled within, 84-82, following a basket by Al Harrington 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 to two.

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.

Anderson Varejao 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 straight season.

"(This game) kind of typified our season. We've been in games like this all year," Hawks coach Mike Woodson said.

"Doubling our win total from last year is a big accomplishment for me and for all the people who were here last year," Smith said.