Recap of the Hawks vs. Cavaliers game on 12-28-12
The Atlanta Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 102-94 on the road. This was the first game of a back-to-back set for the Hawks. With the win, the Hawks improved to 18-9 on the season, 1-1 in the regular season series with the Cavaliers, and 1-0 in their back-to-back set. The starters for the Hawks were Jeff Teague, Louis Williams, and Kyle Korver in the backcourt, and Josh Smith and Al Horford in the frontcourt. Ivan Johnson (stomach flu) did not play. I hope he gets well soon. DeShawn Stevenson did not play, since he can only play one night of back-to-backs and may be needed against Paul George on the second night. Devin Harris (sore left foot) did not dress. Johan Petro received a DNP-CD. The leading scorer for the Hawks was Jeff Teague, with a career-high 27 points. He also dished out eight assists. Louis Williams added 16 points and five boards. Al Horford contributed a double-double, with 14 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Tolliver scored 13 points off the bench, taking advantage of extended minutes in the absence of Ivan Johnson. Kyle Korver had 11 points and five boards. The leading scorer for the Cavaliers was Kyrie Irving, with a game-high 28 points. In the first quarter, the Hawks started with an 8-0 run, but the Cavaliers came back. Jeff Teague's layup with a second left in the quarter cut the Cavaliers' lead to one at the end of one. Teague finished with nine points in the period. In the second quarter, Kyrie Irving hit a buzzer-beating three from about halfcourt to cut the Hawks' lead to 55-54 at the break. Anthony Morrow strained his right hip muscle in the second and did not return. In the third quarter, the Hawks went on a 16-6 run, but the Cavaliers lead 80-75 heading into the final frame. Josh Smith exacerbated his hip flexor injury in the third and sat out the fourth quarter. In the fourth, the Hawks finished regulation on a 9-0 run to secure the eight-point victory. I think this win for the Hawks was assists. They really played through Jeff Teague, racked up 27 assists as a team, and as a result, the very shorthanded Hawks came out with the W.