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Varejao's miraculous 3-pointer a big gift for LeBron, Cavs


By Sam Amico, for NBA.com
Posted Wednesday December 30, 2009 11:27PM

CLEVELAND (NBA.com exclusive) -- Anderson Varejao gave LeBron James a birthday present James won't likely soon forget.

It came in the form of Varejao's first career 3-pointer, with the shot clock winding down and the game on the line. Best of all for the Cleveland, it all but put the finishing touches on a 106-101 win over visiting Atlanta -- the Cavs' second victory over the Hawks in two nights.

Varejao is known in Cleveland as Wild Thing, and his big basket was exactly the type you would expect from him: a wild shot off a wild play in a wild game.

With the score tied at 101, James passed to Mo Williams at the top of the key. Williams dribbled, lost the ball, then regrouped and barely got it back. He was tightly guarded and had no chance at a shot. With two seconds left on the shot clock and 18 left in the game, Williams passed to an open Varejao on the perimeter.

For the Cavs (26-8), it was desperation time. The only thing Varejao could do was let it fly. So he did -- and it hit nothing but net with 17.2 seconds left.

At first, it appeared his toe was on the arc and the shot was initially ruled a two-pointer. But after further review from officials, it was ruled a three.

Varejao's shot was a nice gift for James, who celebrated his 25th birthday Wednesday with a his first NBA win on his birthday. But as far as James was concerned, Varejao owed him one.

"That was a great gift," James said. "I had Andy in the (holiday) gift exchange and he paid me back. That's what friends are for."

Varejao's shot overshadowed an abundance of storylines, beginning with James himself. After all, James scored a season-high 48 points on a sizzling 15-of-23 shooting. He also grabbed a game-high 10 rebounds and dished six assists, offering further proof that without James, unlikely game-winning threes wouldn't even be in the equation.

But thanks to LeBron, they were. And thanks to his teammates' ability to rise to the occasion, the Cavs have now won 11 straight at home and six in a row overall. Perhaps most impressive, they are now 8-2 against teams with 20 or more victories.

It's no wonder the Cavs were poking fun at the 6-foot-11 Varejao's miracle shot after the game.

"It went exactly the way we drew it up," James joked. "I was the first option, Mo was the second. We decided that Mo and I would be decoys, and let the shot clock run down 23 seconds, and have Andy take the shot."

Said a smiling Varejao: "All I could do was shoot the ball and I'm glad it went in."

Meanwhile, the Hawks (21-10) were considerably less jubilant, especially after a shot clock issue robbed them of some possession time with 1:41 left in the game. Following a miss by Williams, the Hawks rebounded the ball but the shot clock failed to reset. That left them with just 19 seconds (as opposed to 24) to get off a shot. They did, but James stripped the ball away from Hawks center Al Horford.

At the time, the Hawks led 99-98.

Hawks coach Mike Woodson said his team will file a protest.

"Let the league review it at the two-minute mark and see what they think," Woodson said. "We've got a one-point lead with the ball, and we're rushing to get a shot because the clock is not in our favor. You figure it out."

Either way, the Hawks certainly had their chances. They played with more energy early, scored 64 points in the first half and led by as many as 17 in the third quarter.

They also got 35 points from guard Joe Johnson, who practically matched James when it came to superstar plays.

"This is definitely a game we should have won," Johnson said. "We had some unfortunate events that happened out there on the court, but it happens. Unfortunately, we have to deal with it."

Varejao and Williams each scored 14 points for the Cavs, with Williams adding 10 assists. Shaquille O'Neal scored 11 and the Hawks' Mike Bibby added 20 points and six assists.

Bibby missed a three-pointer that could have tied the game with 2.5 seconds left, and Cavs forward Jamario Moon grabbed the rebound. Moon was immediately fouled and made both free throws to complete the scoring.

"It feels good," James said. "You go out there and you play as hard as you can. I can't ask for any better birthday gift than what my teammates gave me."

Hawks
Cavaliers
     
    • 48.2%

    • 47.4%

    • 43.8%

    • 33.3%

    • 93.3%

    • 73.7%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
ATL CLE
Total Rebounds 3 6
Offensive Rebounds 9 10
Turnovers 11 7
Fast Break Pts: 11 20
Biggest Lead: 17 5
Points in the Paint: 36 48
ATL CLE
p Johnson   35 James   48
rb 2 players   7 James   10
a Bibby   6 Williams   10
s Johnson   2 2 players   2
b 5 players   1 Varejao   3
 
  • 11/02 - ATL @ CLE
  • 12/22 - CLE @ ATL
  • 03/27 - ATL @ CLE
Atlanta Hawks (53-29)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
M. Williams F 30:33 4-5 0-1 0-0 -3 1 6 7 1 2 1 1 1 1 8
J. Smith F 38:52 4-11 0-0 3-4 -5 2 4 6 5 4 0 2 1 3 11
A. Horford C 25:12 4-8 0-0 2-2 -16 0 7 7 3 5 1 2 1 2 10
J. Johnson G 39:31 15-25 3-6 2-2 -14 3 1 4 3 3 2 2 0 0 35
M. Bibby G 37:45 7-16 3-7 3-3 -4 0 3 3 6 2 1 2 0 0 20
Z. Pachulia   11:36 1-2 0-0 0-0 -1 1 1 2 0 2 0 0 1 1 2
J. Crawford   32:34 3-12 1-2 4-4 +1 1 4 5 3 3 0 1 0 2 11
J. Smith   06:43 1-3 0-0 0-0 +5 0 4 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 2
J. Collins   10:42 0-0 0-0 0-0 +12 1 1 2 1 1 0 0 1 0 0
M. Evans   06:32 1-1 0-0 0-0 0 0 1 1 0 1 0 1 0 0 2
R. Morris DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Teague DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 40-83 7-16 14-15   9 32 41 22 24 5 11 5 9 101
  48.2% 43.8% 93.3%   team rebs: 3 total to: 11
Cleveland Cavaliers (61-21)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
L. James F 43:12 15-23 4-6 14-16 +7 3 7 10 6 3 2 3 2 1 48
J. Hickson F 17:08 2-6 0-0 0-0 +7 0 4 4 0 1 1 1 0 2 4
S. O'Neal C 20:14 4-9 0-0 3-8 +1 2 3 5 3 1 0 2 1 1 11
A. Parker G 33:06 3-6 0-1 0-0 +7 0 4 4 2 2 0 0 0 0 6
M. Williams G 36:42 5-14 1-5 3-3 +5 4 1 5 10 2 2 1 0 0 14
Z. Ilgauskas   13:34 0-1 0-0 2-2 -13 0 2 2 1 4 0 0 0 0 2
A. Varejao   32:34 6-8 1-1 1-3 +2 1 8 9 0 1 0 0 3 0 14
D. West   16:36 0-3 0-0 0-0 -2 0 1 1 1 1 1 0 1 1 0
J. Moon   13:08 0-3 0-3 5-6 -1 0 3 3 1 0 1 0 0 0 5
D. Gibson   13:46 1-3 0-2 0-0 +12 0 1 1 0 0 0 0 2 0 2
D. Jackson DNP - Coach's Decision
J. Williams DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 36-76 6-18 28-38   10 34 44 24 15 7 7 9 5 106
  47.4% 33.3% 73.7%   team rebs: 6 total to: 8

inactive

  • Hawks: Hunter
  • Cavaliers: Green, Karl, Powe

technical fouls

  • Hawks: Bibby, Smith
  • Cavaliers: O'Neal

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 5
  • Times Tied: 2

arena stats

  • Arena: Quicken Loans Arena, Cleveland, OH
  • Officials: #41 Ken Mauer, #61 Courtney Kirkland, #73 Ed Malloy
  • Attendance: 20562
  • Duration: 2:21
Atlanta Hawks (21-13) Cleveland Cavaliers (28-9)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball O'Neal vs Smith (Johnson gains possession)
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  11:39  
Johnson Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  11:38  
Johnson 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Bibby (1 AST)  11:32
[ATL 3-0]
 
  11:15 James Layup Shot: Missed Block: Smith (1 BLK) 
Horford Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  11:13  
Bibby Jump Shot: Missed  11:06  
  11:04 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:01
[CLE 2-3]
James Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Parker (1 AST) 
Johnson Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST)  10:40
[ATL 5-2]
 
  10:21
[CLE 4-5]
Parker Jump Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (1 AST) 
Johnson Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS)  09:58
[ATL 7-4]
 
  09:35 Parker Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:33 Team Rebound 
  09:30 Hickson Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:29 O'Neal Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  09:21
[CLE 6-7]
O'Neal Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Johnson Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  09:08  
Johnson Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  09:08  
  08:48 Parker Jump Shot: Missed 
Bibby Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:46  
Horford Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  08:39
[ATL 9-6]
 
Horford Foul : Personal (1 PF)  08:26  
  08:11
[CLE 8-9]
Williams Running Hook Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
  08:04 Hickson Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  08:04
[ATL 10-8]
 
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  08:04  
  08:03 O'Neal Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  08:03 O'Neal Turnover : Out of Bounds Lost Ball Turnover (1 TO) 
Bibby Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Williams (1 AST)  08:00
[ATL 12-8]
 
  07:40
[CLE 10-12]
O'Neal Jump Hook Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Bibby Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Hickson (1 ST)  07:35  
  07:29 Williams Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:27 Williams Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
  07:09 James Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Williams (1 ST) 
Williams Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS)  07:04
[ATL 14-10]
 
  06:54
[CLE 12-14]
James Driving Dunk Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: O'Neal (1 AST) 
Johnson Running Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Smith (2 AST)  06:33
[ATL 16-12]
 
  06:11
[CLE 14-16]
Williams Jump Bank Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: O'Neal (2 AST) 
Bibby Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS)  06:00
[ATL 18-14]
 
Bibby Foul : Personal (1 PF)  05:38  
  05:38 Team Timeout : Regular 
Horford Substitution replaced by Pachulia  05:38  
Pachulia Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  05:29  
  05:29 O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  05:29 Team Rebound 
  05:29
[CLE 15-18]
O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Johnson Jump Shot: Missed  05:14  
  05:12 Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  05:01 Hickson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Johnson (1 ST) 
Williams Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Johnson (1 AST)  04:46
[ATL 20-15]
 
  04:22
[CLE 17-20]
Williams Floating Jump shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Parker (2 AST) 
Bibby Jump Shot: Missed  04:08  
Williams Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  04:07  
Williams 3pt Shot: Missed Block: James (1 BLK)  04:03  
  04:01 O'Neal Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  03:51
[CLE 19-20]
James Running Hook Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Williams (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  03:43  
  03:43 Hickson Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas 
  03:43 O'Neal Substitution replaced by Varejao 
Johnson Substitution replaced by Crawford  03:43  
  03:33 James Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (2 PTS)  03:33
[ATL 21-19]
 
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS)  03:33
[ATL 22-19]
 
  03:07 Williams Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Bibby Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  03:05  
Smith Jump Shot: Missed Block: Varejao (1 BLK)  03:03  
Team Rebound  03:02  
  03:02 Williams Substitution replaced by West 
Bibby Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  02:57  
Pachulia Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  02:54  
Pachulia Tip Shot: Made (2 PTS)  02:54
[ATL 24-19]
 
Smith Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  02:31  
  02:31 Varejao Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  02:31 Team Rebound 
Smith Substitution replaced by Smith  02:31  
  02:31
[CLE 20-24]
Varejao Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  02:19 Ilgauskas Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Bibby Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  02:19
[ATL 25-20]
 
Bibby Free Throw 2 of 2 (6 PTS)  02:19
[ATL 26-20]
 
  02:12 Williams Violation:Kicked Ball 
Crawford Foul : Defense 3 Second (0 PF)  02:03  
  02:03
[CLE 21-26]
James Free Throw Technical (7 PTS) 
Pachulia Foul : Personal (2 PF)  01:54  
  01:54
[CLE 22-26]
Ilgauskas Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Pachulia Substitution replaced by Collins  01:54  
  01:54
[CLE 23-26]
Ilgauskas Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Williams Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Bibby (2 AST)  01:36
[ATL 28-23]
 
  01:20 West Jump Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  01:19  
Bibby Jump Bank Shot: Made (8 PTS)  01:10
[ATL 30-23]
 
  00:51.8 Ilgauskas Jump Shot: Missed 
Crawford Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:50.9  
Crawford Layup Shot: Missed  00:41.8  
  00:40.8 Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:17.8 Varejao Jump Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  00:16.9  
  00:05.6 Parker Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  00:05.6 Parker Substitution replaced by Moon 
Team Timeout : Short  00:05.6  
  00:05.6 Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by Hickson 
Bibby 3pt Shot: Missed  00:02.8  
  00:01.9 Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
End of 1st Quarter
Atlanta Hawks (21-13) Cleveland Cavaliers (28-9)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:42
[CLE 25-30]
Varejao Reverse Layup Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: West (1 AST) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  11:25  
  11:24 Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:16 Williams Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  11:15  
Crawford Jump Shot: Missed  11:09  
  11:08 O'Neal Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  10:42 O'Neal Jump Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  10:41  
Johnson Running Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS)  10:31
[ATL 32-25]
 
  10:10 O'Neal Jump Shot: Missed Block: Collins (1 BLK) 
Crawford Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  10:08  
Crawford Layup Shot: Missed  10:04  
  10:03 Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:44 O'Neal Jump Shot: Missed 
Evans Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:42  
Evans Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:West (1 ST)  09:41  
Collins Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  09:37  
  09:37 O'Neal Technical 
Crawford Free Throw Technical (1 PTS)  09:37
[ATL 33-25]
 
  09:37
[CLE 26-33]
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
  09:37 O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  09:36  
Crawford Jump Shot: Made (3 PTS)  09:21
[ATL 35-26]
 
  09:04
[CLE 28-35]
Varejao Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Williams (2 AST) 
Crawford 3pt Shot: Made (6 PTS)  08:40
[ATL 38-28]
 
  08:26
[CLE 30-38]
O'Neal Dunk Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Williams (3 AST) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  08:09  
Collins Rebound (Off:1 Def:0)  08:08  
Smith Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Collins (1 AST)  08:05
[ATL 40-30]
 
Smith Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  07:48  
  07:48 Timeout : Official 
Smith Substitution replaced by Smith  07:48  
  07:48
[CLE 31-40]
O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS) 
  07:48 O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Team Rebound  07:46  
Johnson Jump Shot: Missed  07:28  
  07:27 Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  07:12 O'Neal Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  07:12 O'Neal Turnover : Foul (2 TO) 
  07:12 Williams Substitution replaced by James 
  07:12 O'Neal Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas 
Collins Substitution replaced by Horford  07:12  
Evans Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Smith (3 AST)  07:02
[ATL 42-31]
 
  06:41
[CLE 33-42]
James Jump Shot: Made (9 PTS) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed Block: Varejao (2 BLK)  06:32  
Johnson Rebound (Off:2 Def:0)  06:30  
Johnson Jump Shot: Made (13 PTS)  06:28
[ATL 44-33]
 
  06:17
[CLE 35-44]
James Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  06:06  
  06:05 James Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
Evans Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  05:58  
  05:58 Team Timeout : Regular 
Evans Substitution replaced by Williams  05:58  
  05:58
[CLE 36-44]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (12 PTS) 
  05:58
[CLE 37-44]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (13 PTS) 
Crawford Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Moon (1 ST)  05:42  
Johnson Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  05:41  
  05:41
[CLE 38-44]
Moon Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
  05:41 Moon Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:39  
Horford Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Johnson (2 AST)  05:26
[ATL 46-38]
 
  05:23 James Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Johnson (2 ST) 
Johnson 3pt Shot: Made (16 PTS)  05:16
[ATL 49-38]
 
  04:51 James Running Jump Shot: Missed 
  04:49 James Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Johnson Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  04:46  
Johnson Substitution replaced by Bibby  04:46  
  04:46 West Substitution replaced by Williams 
  04:46
[CLE 39-49]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (14 PTS) 
  04:46
[CLE 40-49]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (15 PTS) 
Smith Technical  04:46  
  04:46
[CLE 41-49]
Williams Free Throw Technical (7 PTS) 
Horford Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Williams (1 ST)  04:34  
Horford Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  04:30  
  04:30
[CLE 42-49]
Moon Free Throw 1 of 2 (2 PTS) 
Horford Substitution replaced by Collins  04:30  
  04:30
[CLE 43-49]
Moon Free Throw 2 of 2 (3 PTS) 
Crawford Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Bibby (3 AST)  04:19
[ATL 51-43]
 
  04:00 Moon 3pt Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:59  
Bibby Running Jump Shot: Made (10 PTS)  03:52
[ATL 53-43]
 
  03:52 Ilgauskas Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Bibby Free Throw 1 of 1 (11 PTS)  03:52
[ATL 54-43]
 
  03:32 Moon 3pt Shot: Missed 
Collins Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  03:31  
Bibby 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Crawford (1 AST)  03:23
[ATL 57-43]
 
  03:21 Team Timeout : Short 
  03:21 Moon Substitution replaced by Parker 
Crawford Foul : Defense 3 Second (0 PF)  03:04  
  03:04
[CLE 44-57]
Williams Free Throw Technical (8 PTS) 
  02:56
[CLE 46-57]
James Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Ilgauskas (1 AST) 
Bibby Jump Shot: Missed  02:41  
Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  02:39  
Crawford 3pt Shot: Missed  02:34  
  02:33 Ilgauskas Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  02:21 Williams 3pt Shot: Missed 
  02:20 Williams Rebound (Off:2 Def:0) 
  02:04 Parker 3pt Shot: Missed 
Crawford Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  02:02  
Williams Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Smith (4 AST)  01:39
[ATL 59-46]
 
  01:22
[CLE 49-59]
James 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Williams (4 AST) 
Smith Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Bibby (4 AST)  01:00
[ATL 61-49]
 
  00:50.8
[CLE 52-61]
James 3pt Shot: Made (23 PTS) Assist: Williams (5 AST) 
  00:35.9 Ilgauskas Foul : Defense 3 Second (2 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:35.9  
Crawford Free Throw Technical (9 PTS)  00:35.9
[ATL 62-52]
 
  00:29.6 Ilgauskas Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Crawford Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS)  00:29.6
[ATL 63-52]
 
  00:29.6 Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by West 
Collins Substitution replaced by Evans  00:29.6  
Crawford Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS)  00:29.6
[ATL 64-52]
 
  00:13.9 James Layup Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  00:12.7  
Crawford Step Back Jump shot: Missed Block: West (1 BLK)  00:01.9  
  00:01.0 Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
End of 2nd Quarter
Atlanta Hawks (21-13) Cleveland Cavaliers (28-9)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:43 O'Neal Hook Shot: Missed 
Horford Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  11:42  
Johnson Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) Assist: Horford (1 AST)  11:28
[ATL 66-52]
 
  11:06 Hickson Jump Shot: Missed Block: Horford (1 BLK) 
  11:04 Williams Rebound (Off:3 Def:0) 
  11:00 Williams Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Horford (1 ST) 
Bibby 3pt Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Horford (2 AST)  10:54
[ATL 69-52]
 
  10:31 Hickson Layup Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  10:29  
Horford Foul : Offensive (3 PF)  10:25  
Horford Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  10:25  
  10:11 James Jump Shot: Missed 
  10:11 James Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  10:11
[CLE 54-69]
James Putback Layup Shot: Made (25 PTS) 
Smith Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  10:11  
  10:11
[CLE 55-69]
James Free Throw 1 of 1 (26 PTS) 
Bibby Jump Shot: Missed  09:57  
  09:56 Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  09:46 James Jump Shot: Missed 
  09:45 O'Neal Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  09:44
[CLE 57-69]
Hickson Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: O'Neal (3 AST) 
  09:24 Parker Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  09:20 Hickson Foul : Defense 3 Second (1 PF) 
Johnson Free Throw Technical (19 PTS)  09:20
[ATL 70-57]
 
Johnson Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:James (1 ST)  09:13  
  09:09 James Turnover : Lost Ball (3 TO) Steal:Bibby (1 ST) 
  09:06 James Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed  08:56  
  08:55 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  08:51 Williams 3pt Shot: Missed 
  08:49 James Rebound (Off:3 Def:1) 
  08:35
[CLE 59-70]
Parker Running Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: James (2 AST) 
Horford Jump Shot: Missed  08:14  
  08:13 James Rebound (Off:3 Def:2) 
  08:06
[CLE 62-70]
Williams 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: James (3 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  08:05  
Horford Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Smith (5 AST)  07:50
[ATL 72-62]
 
  07:32 O'Neal Layup Shot: Missed 
Horford Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  07:31  
Johnson Running Jump Shot: Missed  07:19  
  07:18 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Smith Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  07:10  
  07:10 O'Neal Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:10 Team Rebound 
  07:10 O'Neal Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  07:08  
Horford Floating Jump shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Bibby (5 AST)  06:52
[ATL 74-62]
 
  06:25
[CLE 64-74]
Hickson Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Williams (6 AST) 
Smith Jump Bank Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Horford (3 AST)  06:03
[ATL 76-64]
 
  05:52
[CLE 66-76]
O'Neal Jump Hook Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed  05:25  
  05:24 Hickson Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  05:16 Hickson Layup Shot: Missed Block: Williams (1 BLK) 
  05:14 Williams Rebound (Off:4 Def:0) 
  05:09
[CLE 68-76]
James Layup Shot: Made (28 PTS) Assist: Williams (7 AST) 
Horford Layup Shot: Missed Block: O'Neal (1 BLK)  04:53  
  04:51 James Rebound (Off:3 Def:3) 
Bibby Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  04:51  
  04:51 O'Neal Substitution replaced by Varejao 
Bibby Technical  04:51  
  04:51
[CLE 69-76]
Williams Free Throw Technical (12 PTS) 
Williams Substitution replaced by Crawford  04:51  
Horford Substitution replaced by Pachulia  04:51  
  04:51
[CLE 70-76]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (29 PTS) 
  04:51
[CLE 71-76]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (30 PTS) 
Pachulia Layup Shot: Missed Block: Varejao (3 BLK)  04:41  
  04:39 Parker Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  04:35
[CLE 74-76]
James 3pt Shot: Made (33 PTS) Assist: Williams (8 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  04:24  
Smith Layup Shot: Missed Block: James (2 BLK)  04:20  
  04:18 Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  03:56 Williams Jump Shot: Missed 
  03:55 Team Rebound 
  03:55 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
Smith Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: Bibby (6 AST)  03:35
[ATL 78-74]
 
  03:19 James 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  03:17  
  03:15 James Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  03:15 Hickson Substitution replaced by Ilgauskas 
Johnson 3pt Shot: Made (22 PTS)  03:03
[ATL 81-74]
 
  02:43 Williams 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  02:42  
Smith Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Johnson (3 AST)  02:28
[ATL 83-74]
 
  02:27 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:27 Williams Substitution replaced by West 
  02:04 West Step Back Jump shot: Missed 
Team Rebound  02:03  
  02:03 Ilgauskas Foul : Loose Ball (4 PF) 
  02:03 Parker Substitution replaced by Gibson 
Johnson Jump Shot: Made (24 PTS)  01:46
[ATL 85-74]
 
  01:22 West Jump Shot: Missed Block: Pachulia (1 BLK) 
Pachulia Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  01:20  
Crawford Layup Shot: Missed  00:58.9  
Crawford Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  00:57.4  
Bibby 3pt Shot: Missed  00:46.8  
  00:45.3 Gibson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:23.9
[CLE 77-85]
James 3pt Shot: Made (36 PTS) 
Smith Turnover : Offensive Goaltending (1 TO)  00:00.5  
  00:00.5 Instant Replay - Support Ruling 
  00:00.5 Ilgauskas Substitution replaced by Moon 
End of 3rd Quarter
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Williams Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  11:46  
Williams Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  11:46  
  11:27
[CLE 79-85]
James Jump Shot: Made (38 PTS) 
Crawford Jump Shot: Missed Block: Gibson (1 BLK)  11:06  
  11:04 Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
  10:45
[CLE 81-85]
Varejao Reverse Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Moon (1 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  10:45  
Johnson Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  10:31  
  10:30 James Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  10:18 Moon 3pt Shot: Missed 
Williams Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  10:17  
Crawford Jump Shot: Missed  10:01  
  10:00 Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
  09:38
[CLE 83-85]
Gibson Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: James (4 AST) 
Johnson Jump Shot: Missed  09:18  
  09:17 West Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:10 James 3pt Shot: Missed 
Johnson Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  09:08  
Johnson Layup Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: Crawford (2 AST)  08:59
[ATL 87-83]
 
  08:59 West Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Pachulia Substitution replaced by Horford  08:59  
Smith Substitution replaced by Bibby  08:59  
Johnson Free Throw 1 of 1 (27 PTS)  08:59
[ATL 88-83]
 
Crawford Foul : Personal (1 PF)  08:37  
  08:37 West Substitution replaced by Williams 
  08:36
[CLE 85-88]
Varejao Layup Shot: Made (9 PTS) Assist: James (5 AST) 
Horford Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  08:36  
  08:36 Varejao Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed 
Horford Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  08:35  
Johnson Jump Shot: Made (29 PTS)  08:17
[ATL 90-85]
 
  08:05 James Reverse Layup Shot: Missed 
Horford Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  08:03  
Bibby Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Williams (2 ST)  07:57  
Williams Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  07:54  
  07:54 Moon Substitution replaced by Parker 
  07:54 James Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:54 Team Rebound 
  07:54
[CLE 86-90]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (39 PTS) 
Johnson Jump Shot: Missed  07:32  
  07:31 Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:6) 
Crawford Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  07:22  
  07:22
[CLE 87-90]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (40 PTS) 
  07:22
[CLE 88-90]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (41 PTS) 
Bibby 3pt Shot: Missed  07:09  
  07:08 Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:7) 
  06:56 Gibson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Bibby Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:55  
  06:51 Williams Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Williams Substitution replaced by Smith  06:51  
Johnson Jump Shot: Missed  06:42  
Johnson Rebound (Off:3 Def:1)  06:39  
Bibby 3pt Shot: Made (20 PTS) Assist: Crawford (3 AST)  06:33
[ATL 93-88]
 
  06:07 Varejao Hook Shot: Missed 
Crawford Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  06:04  
Crawford Layup Shot: Missed  05:54  
Smith Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  05:52  
Johnson 3pt Shot: Missed  05:50  
  05:49 Williams Rebound (Off:4 Def:1) 
  05:43
[CLE 90-93]
Parker Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: James (6 AST) 
Horford Jump Shot: Missed Block: Gibson (2 BLK)  05:20  
  05:17 James Rebound (Off:3 Def:5) 
Smith Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  05:17  
  05:17 Timeout : Official 
  05:17
[CLE 91-93]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (42 PTS) 
  05:17
[CLE 92-93]
James Free Throw 2 of 2 (43 PTS) 
Smith Layup Shot: Missed  04:59  
  04:58 James Rebound (Off:3 Def:6) 
  04:41
[CLE 94-93]
James Layup Shot: Made (45 PTS) Assist: Williams (9 AST) 
Johnson Layup Shot: Made (31 PTS)  04:20
[ATL 95-94]
 
  04:02
[CLE 96-95]
Williams Jump Shot: Made (14 PTS) 
  03:48 Varejao Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  03:48 Team Timeout : Regular 
  03:34 Williams Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Horford Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  03:34
[ATL 96-96]
 
Horford Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  03:34
[ATL 97-96]
 
  03:08 Gibson 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:2 Def:4)  03:07  
Johnson Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (33 PTS)  02:50
[ATL 99-96]
 
  02:26
[CLE 98-99]
James Layup Shot: Made (47 PTS) 
Horford Jump Shot: Missed  02:06  
  02:05 Varejao Rebound (Off:0 Def:8) 
  01:56 Williams Jump Shot: Missed 
Horford Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  01:54  
Smith Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:James (2 ST)  01:41  
  01:32 Williams 3pt Shot: Missed 
  01:31 Varejao Rebound (Off:1 Def:8) 
  01:31
[CLE 100-99]
Varejao Putback Layup Shot: Made (11 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Short  01:30  
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  01:10  
  01:08 James Rebound (Off:3 Def:7) 
Horford Foul : Shooting (5 PF)  00:50.1  
  00:50.1
[CLE 101-99]
James Free Throw 1 of 2 (48 PTS) 
  00:50.1 James Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Horford Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  00:48.9  
James Violation:Defensive Goaltending  00:41.5  
Johnson Layup Shot: Made (35 PTS)  00:41.5
[ATL 101-101]
 
  00:17.2
[CLE 104-101]
Varejao 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS) Assist: Williams (10 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:17.2  
Instant Replay - Overturn Ruling  00:17.2  
Smith Substitution replaced by Williams  00:17.2  
  00:17.2 Gibson Substitution replaced by Moon 
Bibby 3pt Shot: Missed  00:04.9  
  00:04.2 Moon Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
Crawford Foul : Personal (3 PF)  00:02.5  
  00:02.5
[CLE 105-101]
Moon Free Throw 1 of 2 (4 PTS) 
  00:02.5
[CLE 106-101]
Moon Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
country channel time
usa -- FSO Local 7:00 pm ET
-- FSS-ATL Local 7:00 pm ET
 
standings
w
l
l10
h
a
ATL
2nd Southeast
53
29
7-3
34-7
19-22
CLE
1st Central
61
21
4-6
35-6
26-15
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
ATL
Johnson 20.9
Horford 9.9
Johnson 5.7
Smith 2.4
Smith 1.8
CLE
James 31.8
2 players 9.3
James 8.2
James 2.4
James 2.2

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