Hawks vs. Cavaliers - Recap
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 103-102 in overtime at home at Philips Arena. With the win, the Hawks improved to 27-20 on the season, and swept the season series with the Cavaliers 3-0. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague and Kirk Hinrich in the backcourt, Joe Johnson and Josh Smith at the two forward positions, and Zaza Pachulia at center. Marvin Williams (hip flexor), Ivan Johnson (attending birth of his child), Vladimir Radmanovic (back), Jannero Pargo (appendicitis), and Al Horford (torn left pectoral) were out for the Hawks. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Josh Smith, with a game-high 32 points. He also grabbed 17 boards and dished out five assists, giving him a double-double. Joe Johnson added 22 points, six rebounds, and five assists. Zaza Pachulia contributed 14 points and seven boards. Jeff Teague scored 12 points and dished out seven assists. Kirk Hinrich and Jerry Stackhouse added 10 points apiece. The leading scorer for the Cavaliers was Kyrie Irving, with 29 points. In the first quarter, the Cavaliers made eight of their first nine shots, and took a 36-21 lead over the Hawks after one. The Cavaliers' lead grew to 42-26 in the second, before the Hawks went on a 28-11 run to end the period and take a 54-53 halftime lead over the Cavaliers. In the third quarter, the Cavaliers outscored the Hawks 20-18, to take a 73-72 lead over the Hawks heading into the fourth. After a close game all the way through the fourth, Joe Johnson buried a three-pointer at the fourth quarter buzzer to put the game into OT. In OT, Joe Johnson added seven of his 22 points, but the Cavaliers still managed to go on a 6-0 run and take a 101-95 lead over the Hawks with 1:27 left to play. Then, Joe Johnson nailed another three, and after that, Josh Smith converted on a three-point play. Tristan Thompson hit 1-for-2 at the charity stripe, to put the Cavaliers up 102-101. Joe Johnson answered back with a game-winning fadeaway over Alonzo Gee, with 18 seconds left, to give the Hawks the OT win, 103-102. I think the key to the win for the Hawks was fastbreak points. After scoring only eight against the Celtics on Monday, the Hawks outscored the Cavaliers 25-3 in fastbreak points. Great job to rally back in OT by the Hawks, and they got the win.