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John Collins scores 27 in return from suspension as Hawks fall to Cavs

Atlanta Hawks forward John Collins made the most of his first action on the court in nearly two months on Monday, scoring 27 points and grabbing 10 rebounds in a 121-118 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Collins hasn't played since Nov. 5, when he began a 25-game suspension for violating the NBA's drug policy. The league said the 22-year-old tested positive for Growth Hormone Releasing Peptide-2 (GHRP-2).

"It knocks the rust off, going against a guy like Kevin Love," Collins said after Monday's game. "I felt good, OK."

Collins, in his third season and a key member of the Hawks' young core, averaged 17 points and 8.8 rebounds in the first five games of the season.

Atlanta went 4-21 without Collins.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.