ATLANTA — LeBron James had yet another double-double, took command of a challenging defensive assignment and stuck around to see the end of the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 10th straight victory, 121-114 over the Atlanta Hawks on Thursday night.

James had 24 points and 12 assists, and Kevin Love had 25 points and 16 rebounds to help Cleveland hold off Atlanta to extend the NBA’s longest active winning streak. It was James’ 14th double-double in 22 games.

James had frequent exchanges with the officials but avoided serious confrontations following his first ejection in 1,082 career games Tuesday night in a home victory over Miami.

Dennis Schroder, who led Atlanta with 27 points, blew past Cavaliers guard Jose Calderon to score on three straight layups to give Atlanta a 67-58 lead late in the first half. James took over primary defensive duties on Schroder to close the half and continued covering the super-quick guard in the second half.

The Cavaliers, who lost 117-115 at home to the Hawks on Nov. 4, ended a streak of three straight losses in the series.

Cleveland trailed 67-63 at halftime despite making 8 of 17 3-pointers. The Cavaliers finished with 18 3s, giving them 11 straight games with 10 or more long-range shots.

The Cavaliers took the lead by outscoring the Hawks 36-23 in the third quarter. Love had 12 points while making three 3-pointers.

Cleveland stretched its lead to double figures for the first time at 90-79 on a 3-pointer by James. The Cavaliers led 99-90 entering the final quarter.

A basket by Ersan Ilyasova cut Cleveland’s lead to 111-108. Cleveland’s Jeff Green and Atlanta’s Kent Bazemore traded jams before two free throws by Ilyasova cut the deficit to 113-112.

James then sank a 3-pointer over Bazemore, and Dwyane Wade added a short floater to help Cleveland clinch the victory.

Wade finished with 19 points.

Ilyasova scored 22 points, making four 3-pointers.


MAGIC: Forward Terrence Ross has a sprained medial collateral ligament in his right knee and a non-displaced fracture of the same leg and will be out indefinitely.

Ross was injured in the second quarter of Orlando’s win over Oklahoma City on Wednesday. He has played in all 22 games this season, starting 20 of them, and is averaging 9 points, 3.2 rebounds and 1.6 assists.

CAVALIERS: Reserve guard Iman Shumpert is scheduled to have arthroscopic surgery on his left knee Friday morning.

ESPN reported that Shumpert is expected to be out for six to eight weeks.