Hawks hand Cavaliers first preseason loss, 99-93

Brett Davis-USA Today Sports

ATLANTA — Dwight Howard scored 26 points in his home preseason debut with the Hawks as the Cavaliers rested LeBron James and other starters.

Howard, who signed a three-year, $70.5 million deal with his hometown Hawks in July, added eight rebounds and two blocks.

Rookies Kay Felder and Jonathan Holmes each had 15 points for Cleveland.

CAVALIERS: James also will be held out of the next two preseason games before playing on Oct. 18 against Washington at Ohio State in the Cavaliers' final preseason game. … Cory Jefferson had 13 points and 11 rebounds. James Jones and Jordan McRae each had 12 points.

HAWKS: F Paul Millsap is moving closer to returning from a non-surgical procedure to reduce swelling in his right knee. Millsap is on pace to be ready for the regular season. … Thabo Sefolosha had 12 points. Rookie Taurean Prince and Mike Muscala each had 10. … Players for the two teams interlocked arms for the national anthem in the Hawks' first Unity Game.

UP NEXT: The Cavaliers (2-1) play at home against Toronto on Thursday. The Hawks (2-1) play another home game against Detroit on Thursday.