Cavs 99, Hawks 72
| Game 1 |
Box Score |
- The Hawks dropped Game One of their best-of-seven series with Cleveland 99-72 on Tuesday.
- Atlanta started hot from the field, hitting 55.9% (19-34) in the first half but committed 9 turnovers (leading to 12 points) ... The Hawks had 14 assisists on their 19 FGs ... The Cavaliers hit 43.2% in the half and committed 4 turnovers (leading to 6 points) ... Cleveland led 49-44 at the break.
- Josh Smith led the Hawks with 17 points in the first half and Mike Bibby added 14 (4-4 3FGs) ... LeBron James paced the Cavs with 22.
- Cleveland ended the the 3rd quarter on a 16-7 run, pushing their lead to 77-61 heading to the fourth.
- The Cavs won the battle of the boards 41-33 and outscored the Hawks in the paint 40-26.
- Smith finished the night with 22 points to lead the Hawks ... Bibby had 19 (5-7 3FGs) ... Joe Johnson added 11 points and 6 assists.
- Atlanta committed 17 turnovers for the game (23 Cleveland points) ... The Cavs turned the ball over 7 times (6 Hawks points).
- James led all scorers with 34 and Mo Williams had 21 ... Delonte West added 13 points and 9 assists.
- Hawks radio man Steve Holman broadcast his 1700th consecutive game tonight.
- Game Two is set for Thursday in Cleveland (8 p.m., ESPN, 790 The Zone).
Lang Whitaker's Three Things
know…the Hawks are the four seed and
Cleveland the one seed, Cleveland has the
MVP, they get all the calls, we're addled
with injuries, we Hawks aren't supposed to
beat the Cavs…but that does not excuse the
lack of effort from the Hawks tonight. After
three quarters, when the Hawks were down 16,
the Cavs had 13 offensive rebounds to
Atlanta's 6, to go along with 7 turnovers to
Atlanta's 14. And then the Cavs came out and
scored the first 5 points of the fourth
quarter to go up 21 points. By then it was
2. Joe? Joe Johnson? Mike Woodson always
refers to Joe as "our All-Star," but tonight
he went for just 11 points and 5 turnovers
in 39 minutes of play. Josh Smith had one of
his best offensive halves of the postseason,
and Bibby managed to stay hot from the
perimeter for most of the night. But let's
not kid ourselves: Without Joe Johnson, we
don't stand a chance. We need Joe to be our
3. I'm not sure how much of tonight's
performance (or lack thereof) we can mark
down to Cleveland being the better team, or
how much of it was Cleveland being rested
and Atlanta having a Game 7 just 36 hours
ago. I'm inclined to think it was more of
the latter than the former. The Hawks
started well, but as the adrenaline wore
off, the Cavs just kept on playing steady,
like they've done all season, and kind of
waited for the Hawks to fade away. Let's
hope Game 2 finds the Hawks recovered from
the lack of legs they played with tonight.