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Mack leads surging Hawks to blowout in Cleveland

December 18, 2014 GMT
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Atlanta Hawks' Shelvin Mack (8) shoots a 3-point shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)
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Atlanta Hawks' Shelvin Mack (8) shoots a 3-point shot against the Cleveland Cavaliers in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Dec. 17, 2014, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

CLEVELAND (AP) — Shelvin Mack scored a career-high 24 points and the Atlanta Hawks routed the Cleveland Cavaliers 127-98 Wednesday night for their 11th victory in 12 games.

Mack, a reserve guard who came in averaging 3.8 points, made all six of his 3-pointers as the Hawks went 16 for 28 from behind the arc.

Trailing 50-38 midway through the second quarter, Atlanta outscored Cleveland 89-48 the rest of the way and sent the Cavaliers to their largest loss of the season.

The Hawks, playing without leading scorer Jeff Teague, avenged a 127-94 loss in Cleveland on Nov. 15, when the Cavaliers were 9 for 9 on 3s in the first quarter and made their first 11 from beyond the arc.

LeBron James scored 21 points but didn’t play in the fourth quarter. Dion Waiters also had 21 for the Cavaliers, who have lost three of four since winning eight straight.

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