The Cleveland Cavaliers proved that they were the most dominant team in the Eastern Conference after an easy win with Atlanta Hawks, 123-98, in Game 2 of their playoff series on Wednesday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
LeBron James led the Cavaliers scoring 27 points, five assists and four rebounds while Kyrie Irving added 19 points on 4-of-5 shooting beyond the arc. Kevin Love posted his sixth playoff double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds.
The Cavaliers made a huge start establishing a score of 35-20 against the Hawks at the end of the first quarter. They managed to stretch the gap to 36 points at the end of the first half.
The Hawks tried to recover in the second half but failed to overcome the mighty Cavaliers. Paul Millsap established a double-double with 16 points and 11 rebounds and Jeff Teague added 14 points for the Hawks but seemed to be not enough to answer the Cavaliers dominance beyond the arc.
Coach Tyronn Lue decided to pull out their ‘Big Three’, LeBron James, Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving, in the third quarter and let the players from the bench face the struggling Hawks.
The Hawks managed to outscore the Cavaliers in the fourth quarter, but the lead was too big for them to overturn the outcome of the game. Also, the Hawks’ 16 turnovers seemed to be a big factor that led to an easy win for the Cavaliers.
ESPN reported that the Cleveland Cavaliers made an NBA record for most three-pointers having 25 three-pointers with their game against the Hawks. The Cavaliers managed to beat the record by the Golden State Warriors of 21 three-pointers on April 24 against the Houston Rockets.
“The way we shot the ball, the way we moved the ball, it’s amazing,” said J.R. Smith via USA Today, who finished 23 points with 7 for 13 from three-point range.
Game 3 between the Cleveland Cavaliers and the Atlanta Hawks will be on Sunday at the Philips Arena.
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