Everything You Need to Know - Hawks vs. Cavs - December 29, 2009

Cleveland 95, Atlanta 84 | December 29, 2009 | Philips Arena
  • The Cavs used a 20-10 fourth quarter advantage to beat the Hawks 95-84 on Tuesday at Philips Arena...The loss snapped Atlanta's 4-game home winning streak.
  • Cleveland shot a blistering 63.9% from the field in the first half to take 56-51 lead at the break...The Cavs also beat the Hawks on the boards 19-12.
  • Jamal Crawford led Atlanta, which shot 51.9% in the first 24 minutes, with 17 points and Joe Johnson had 13...Mo Williams had 15 for the Cavs.
  • Atlanta won the third quarter 23-19 to cut the lead to 75-74 but was outscored 20-10 in the fourth.
  • Crawford finished with a game-high 26 points off the bench...Johnson and Josh Smith each had 15 and Marvin Williams 12.
  • Williams paced the Cavs with 20, while LeBron James finished with 14 points, 10 assists and 8 boards.
  • The Hawks finished the night shooting 44.3% from the field (31-70), 40.0% from 3-point range (6-15) and 61.5% from the line (16-26)...The Cavaliers shot 49.4% from the field (38-77), 29.4% from three (5-17) and 73.7% from the stripe (14-19).
  • Tonight's attendance of 20,150 is the second largest crowd ever for any Hawks game at Philips Arena, and the largest regular season total ever.
  • The teams meet again tomorrow night in Cleveland (7 p.m., FSSO HD/790 The Zone).

Jamal Crawford



- No reason to beat around the bush. The story of tonight's game was the crazy offensive funkin the fourth quarter. It started off for both teams as no one scored until 3:47 into the period. Obviously the Hawks couldn't hit shots, but it was more than that. They were completely out of rythym and seemed to have trouble cleanly making even the simplist passes. Blog: No Need to Panic

- Not losing sight of the big picture, the Hawks did a lot of positive things tonight. Marvin Williams did a good job of guarding LeBron James one on one. James still had a good all around game, but it was encouraging to see that Atlanta did not need to resort to all out double-teams to stop him.

- The Hawks and Cavs display contrasting strategies inside. The Cavs have Shaq and Ilgauskas, both of whom are BIG and SLOW, while the Hawks use more speed and athleticism with Horford and Zaza. There were times when Cleveland was able to get easy baskets because of their size, but Al countered with open jump shots and quick moves inside.

- The final point that might be lost due to the crazy fourth quarter is how the Hawks outplayed the Cavs in the third. It really doesn't even show up in the stat sheet since both teams shot nearly the same percentage for the quarter, but the difference was that the Hawks missed some GOOD looks while Cleveland was forced to take tough shots. If a few open 3's would have found the bottom of the net then it would have been a whole different ballgame (and a whole different atmosphere generated by the crowd) as the fourth quarter began.