Hawks get re­venge, end Cavs’ streak

The Myanmar Times - - Sport -

THE At­lanta Hawks handed Cleve­land their first loss on Novem­ber 8 with a 110-106 win that broke a series stran­gle­hold that saw the Cava­liers sweep At­lanta out of the play­offs the last two years.

The Hawks’ vic­tory snapped an 11game los­ing skid to Cleve­land, who dropped to 6-1 on the sea­son as they were the NBA’s last un­beaten team.

“We were tired of get­ting pushed around by Cleve­land and we wanted to beat these guys,” said Hawks cen­tre Dwight Howard.

This is a much dif­fer­ent Hawks team than the one that had been dom­i­nated by the Cava­liers and Howard is one of the rea­sons why. The ad­di­tion of Howard to the lineup is part of the ros­ter shake-up that coach Mike Bu­den­holzer had hoped would al­low them to com­pete with the Cava­liers.

“We are tired of what peo­ple said about us in the past and we wanted to change that,” Howard said. “We are go­ing to grow as a team. Our chem­istry gets bet­ter with ev­ery game.”

Cleve­land swept the Hawks in the con­fer­ence semi-fi­nals last spring when they set three-point shoot­ing records and won each game by an av­er­age of 12.5 points.

The Cava­liers swept all seven meet­ings be­tween the two last sea­son, in­clud­ing the post­sea­son.

Howard fin­ished with 17 re­bounds for At­lanta de­spite hav­ing to leave the game briefly in the first quar­ter to get stitched up for a cut to the lip.

Den­nis Schroder scored a ca­reer­high 28 points, Kent Bazemore added 25 and Paul Mill­sap tal­lied 21 for the Hawks in front of a crowd of 20,500 at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleve­land.

Bazemore made a cou­ple of clutch bas­kets in the fi­nal four min­utes. His three-pointer with 3:33 left ex­tended the Hawks’ lead to 101-95.

He fol­lowed with a base­line jumper in the fi­nal sec­onds to put the game out of reach after a three-point play from Kevin Love had pulled Cleve­land within 108-106 with 25 sec­onds left.

Kyrie Irv­ing scored 29 points, LeBron James had 23 points, nine re­bounds and five as­sists and Love added 24 points and 12 re­bounds for Cleve­land, who missed 31 three-point at­tempts. –

Photo: AFP

Kent Bazemore and Tim Har­d­away Jr of the At­lanta Hawks cel­e­brate a bas­ket. The two helped lead At­lanta over the Cavs on Novem­ber 8.

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