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NBA: Atlanta 103, Cleveland 102 (OT)

March 21, 2012 at 11:03 PM   |   Comments

ATLANTA, March 21 (UPI) -- Joe Johnson saved the game at the fourth-quarter buzzer Wednesday and hit the winning shot in overtime, giving the Atlanta Hawks a 103-102 win over Cleveland.

Johnson scored 22 points and tied it at the end of regulation with a 3-pointer. That ended a dramatic fourth period during which the lead changed hands eight times.

Johnson then hit a jumper with 18 seconds left in the extra period that accounted for the final score and Atlanta survived when Kyrie Irving missed a jumper and Alonzo Gee was unable to convert a tip-in attempt in the final second.

Josh Smith scored 32 points with 17 rebounds for the Hawks, who won for the third time in four games. Atlanta swept the three-game season series with Cleveland and has defeated the Cavaliers seven straight times.

Irving scored 29 points to lead Cleveland, loser of four out of five.

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