Atlanta Hawks Fail Test: Fourth Quarter Meltdowns, LeBron’s 48-Point Birthday

December 31st, 2009 by John Boller Leave a reply »
The Atlanta Hawks are 21-10 and just as easily could’ve, would’ve, and should be 23-8.

But a dreadful fourth quarter, a miscue with the shot clock, a lucky three-pointer by Anderson Varejao, and a 48-point performance by LeBron James on his birthday caused the Hawks to drop back-to-back games to the Cleveland Cavaliers to end 2009.

Joe Johnson did everything he could to help the Hawks steal one in Cleveland and spoil the birthday boy’s night with 35 points on 15-of-25 shooting.

However, it wasn’t in the cards for the Hawks. The back-to-back losses to the Cavaliers also make the Hawks losers in four of their last six games.

Had the Hawks been able to beat Cleveland twice, they would be in a three-way tie with the Boston Celtics and Cavaliers for second place in the Eastern Conference.

Instead, they are two games behind the Magic and Celtics.

Luckily for Atlanta, the Eastern Conference is not nearly as competitive as the Wester ...

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