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Atlanta Hawks’ Jeff Teague Outplayed Kyrie Irving

Ken Blaze – USA TODAY Sports

The Atlanta Hawks decided a long-time ago that they were going to build their team around guys like Al Horford and Jeff Teague and based on today’s performance at the Quicken Loans Arena, it was a move that is paying off big dividends for the franchise.

Teague hit a big three-pointer to send the game to a second overtime, carried the team’s offense in his back and hit the game-winning shot in the second extra period as the Hawks topped the Cleveland Cavaliers on the road.

Much had been talked about this game earlier as it was going to be a duel between Teague and Kyrie Irving, arguably the two best point guards in the Eastern Conference this season and it was a matchup that didn’t disappointed anyone. Both players led their respective teams on crunch time and exchanged buckets in the final minutes of the game but eventually, the Wake Forest product was able to lead his team to a huge victory.

Despite the fact that Irving led all scorers with 40 points, Teague was the main offensive force for the Hawks with 34 points and 14 assists in the 48 minutes he logged in. His game-winning shot from the elbow bounced a few times into the rim but eventually got in to give the Hawks a huge win that will boost the team’s confidence undoubtedly.

While the game was between the Cavs and the Hawks, most of the fans expected to see a clash between two of the best floor generals in the NBA going neck to neck for a win. It’s safe to say that the game didn’t disappoint anyone as Teague led Atlanta to a win that solidifies their status as one of the best teams in the Eastern Conference.

Juan Pablo Aravena is a sports writer for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter @jparavenarant or add him to your network on Google