ATLANTA — Joe Johnson scored 25 points and the Atlanta Hawks, coming off a loss that prompted their coach to say they quit, responded with a 121-94 rout of the Cleveland Cavaliers on Saturday night.
Johnson scored 19 of his points in the first half for Atlanta, which sat all its starters in the final quarter. Jannero Pargo, who opened the fourth with back-to-back 3-pointers, had a season-high 14 points.
Jeff Teague added 14 points as the Hawks moved past Friday night's 90-76 loss at Philadelphia. After the loss, which ended a four-game winning streak, coach Larry Drew said "It got tough for us and we quit."
Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 18 points to lead the Cavaliers, who have lost three straight and six of eight.