Atlanta Hawks escape with a win against the defending champions

Atlanta Hawks escape with a win against the defending champions

The 51-27 Cleveland Cavaliers will look to hold on to the top seed as they host the 40-38 Atlanta Hawks in Ohio, which will be the third of four meetings between these two ball clubs.  The first game, which was played on November 8 in Cleveland, the visiting team would sneak away with a 110-106 win.  In that game, Dennis Schroder would finish with twenty-eight points, two rebounds and six assists.  Kyrie Irving would end with twenty-nine points, one rebound and four assists.  In the second matchup, which was held on March 3 in Georgia, it would be the Cavs who pulled away with a 135 to 130 win.  Kyrie would go for forty-three points, two rebounds and nine assists while Tim Hardaway Jr. would finish the game with thirty-six points, two rebounds and two assists.  After tonight, the number one seed Cleveland Cavaliers and the number five seed Atlanta Hawks will meet up again for the last time on April 9 in Atlanta.

Channing Frye would start the first quarter off right as he knocks down four buckets, including one 3-pointer, and earning himself nine points.  LeBron James would also help out by shooting 66% from the field, scoring six points which would include one 3-pointer, as well.  But thanks to former Knicks player, Tim Hardaway Jr., the Hawks would end the first quarter with a 21-19 lead as he puts up five points.  The second quarter would be a close one as both teams went for thirty-one points.  Mike Dunleavy came off the bench to post seven points, along with Mike Muscala’s six points.  On the other end, Kevin Love came alive as he goes for seven points, which would contain a three-pointer.  Both LeBron and Kyrie would continue to help out as they knock down three shots each but it was the visiting team that would enter halftime with a 52-50 lead.  In the third quarter, the Hawks would go on a 31-28 run as Dunleavy would continue to put on a shooting display, hitting 75% of his shots, collecting nine more points, including three 3-pointers.  James would score eleven points for the Cavaliers as he tried to help them stay in it but the Hawks would enter the fourth quarter with a 83 to 78 lead.  The last period would belong to the visiting team as they go for thirty-one points and limiting the home team to twenty-two points.  Hardaway Jr. would post up fifteen points as his Atlanta team would seal the deal with a 114-100 win.  The game would record seven game ties and fourteen lead changes.  Tim Hardaway Jr. finished the game with twenty-two points, two rebounds and five assists while LeBron James ended with twenty-seven points, eight rebounds and seven assists.  Kent Bazemore (11.0 PPG), Dwight Howard (13.4 PPG), Dennis Schroder (18.1 PPG) and Thabo Sefolosha (7.3 PPG) did not play tonight.

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