--Philadelphia's firing of Mo Cheeks on Saturday morning made him the fifth NBA coach to be fired this season.That's a staggering number of firings before Christmas.
"It doesn't make any sense," said Hawks coach Mike Woodson, who signed a two-year contract over the summer. "And my thing is, speaking for coaches in general, that I don't wish that on anyone. You make a commitment to someone and for that to happen ... thank goodness (our owners and management) gave me an opportunity to try and see this thing through.
"Because when you make coaching changes and personnel changes, it takes a little time. You just can't fire somebody and then expect somebody to turn it around right away. I don't see that happening. There's no connection. It's still going to take that new guy some time. But all these changes, man, it's crazy."
--The Hawks did a solid job holding the Cavs down for most of the night. The Hawks limited the Cavs to just 41 percent shooting from the floor (34-for-82), won the rebounding battle (40-36) and bashed James and his crew in transition, winning the fast-break points battle 20-9.
"You knew they were going to make a run," Woodson said. "We hung right in there, and made play after play and kind of matched them. For every great play they made, we made a great play on the other end. I'm just proud of our locker room and the fact that they defended tonight again and we rebounded the ball as a group. It was a total team effort."
--Both teams were coming off a stretch of four games in five nights, and the fatigue for several players was obvious from the start. Joe Johnson made his first two shots but played the role of decoy until the fourth quarter, when he scored 11 of his 17 points.
"I can't lie, I was exhausted," Johnson said, the toll of defending Dwyane Wade in a win in Miami on Friday night having drained him. "I just felt a little sluggish coming into the game. I was just being patient. And they were doing a lot of double teams, and I was just trying to find the open guy and get other guys into the rhythm.
"I thought Mike (Bibby) got into a good rhythm, Marvin (Williams) knocked down a couple shots, and they were just making plays. And in the fourth quarter, I knew I had to be the aggressor and it worked out."
QUOTE TO NOTE: "Karma is something, huh?" -- Hawks C Al Horford, on the Cavaliers' winning streak starting against the Hawks on Nov. 22 in Cleveland and ending Saturday night at Philips Arena.