The Atlanta Hawks were coming off a good win against the Miami Heat at home. The Cleveland Cavaliers had an impressive comeback win in Boston. The Cavaliers are looking for their fourth straight win.
Both teams traded baskets in the beginning of the first quarter. The Hawks hit two pointers and the Cavaliers knocked down three pointers. They were 9-9 from downtown in the first quarter.
The Cavaliers were up 21-19 at the 4:11 mark. They closed the quarter on a 20-6 run and led 41-25. The Cavaliers offense and defense looked much better. The ball was moving as they finished with 11 assists in the quarter. Dion Waiters and Joe Harris contributed 13 points off the bench and the Cavs shot 73%.
It was more of the same in the second quarter. The Cavaliers hit their first 11 three pointers. Including their first quarter run the Cavs were on a 41-8 run. The defense only allowed two points until the 6:13 mark in the quarter.
The Cavs outscored the Hawks 30-18 in the quarter. LeBron led the way with 18 points on 6-10 shooting while Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving added 13 and 12 points. This was by far the Cavs best half of the season as they had 22 assists on 25 fields including 13-17 from three point land. They led the Hawks 71-43 at the half.
The Hawks were led by Paul Millsap who had 14 points on 7-12 shooting.
The Hawks came out with more effort in the third quarter but it was never enough. LeBron James scored 14 of the Cavs 30 points in the quarter. The Cavs led by 32 points after three quarters.
LeBron James did not play in the fourth quarter and finished with 32 points, six rebounds and seven assists. Kyrie Irving had 20 points on 6-9 shooting including 4-7 from downtown. Kevin Love finished with 13 points, six rebounds and five assists.
The Cavaliers hit a franchise record 19 three pointers. They had 39 assists on 49 made field goals. They beat the Hawks 127-94.
Next up for the Cavs is the Denver Nuggets on Monday night.
The Hawks take on the Lakers on Tuesday night.
It was LeBron’s third straight game with at least 30 points. Dion Waiters led the Cavs with 8 assists. After his 34 point outburst with zero assists against the Jazz. Kyrie Irving has had 25 assists and five turnovers the last four games.