CLEVELAND (AP) — Lamar Stevens drove in for an easy dunk with 4.1 seconds left and Atlanta failed to get off a final shot as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Hawks 112-111 on Tuesday night to end their 10-game losing streak — the NBA’s longest this season.
Stevens, a rookie out of Penn State, finished with eight points.
After Atlanta’s Trae Young, snubbed as an All-Star reserve earlier in the day, missed a runner with 11 seconds left, the Cavs pushed the ball up trailing by one. Collin Sexton passed it on the left wing to Stevens, who had no one in his way and dunked.
The Hawks had time, but Tony Snell didn’t get off a final 3-pointer in time and the Cavs celebrated on their way to the locker room as if they had just won a playoff series. It was Cleveland’s first win since Feb. 1, and for long stretches of the fourth quarter it appeared in doubt.
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