Cavs blast Hawks in 127-94 win

The Standard Journal - - NBA BASKETBALL -

CLEVE­LAND â What­ever magic the Cleve­land Cava­liers dis­cov­ered in the fourth quar­ter on Fri­day car­ried over into Satur­day. The buz­z­saw is sharp­en­ing and the rest of the league is of­fi­cially on no­tice.

The Cava­liers made their first 11 3-point­ers and set an NBA record in the process in a lop­sided 127-94 vic­tory Satur­day against the At­lanta Hawks.

LeBron James had 32 points, six re­bounds and seven as­sists, Kevin Love had 13 points, six re­bounds and five as­sists and Kyrie Irv­ing had 20 points and five as­sists for the Cavs (5-3), who set a fran­chise record by mak­ing 19 3-point­ers.

The Hawks (5-4) be­gan the night lead­ing the league in 3-point per­cent­age, but the Cavs beat them at their own game. They made all nine of their 3-point at­tempts in the first quar­ter to be­come the first team in league his­tory to shoot 9-for-9 or bet­ter from 3point range in a quar­ter, ac­cord­ing to Elias Sports Bureau. They also tied a fran­chise record with 13 3-point­ers in the first half.

The Cavs scored 16 con- sec­u­tive points in the sec­ond quar­ter to blow open a 62-27 ad­van­tage. They led by as many as 43 in the sec­ond half.

An­der­son Vare­jao had 10 re­bounds, Tris­tan Thomp­son had 15 points and seven re­bounds and Joe Har­ris had 12 points on four 3-point­ers.

Both teams were play­ing on the sec­ond night of back-to-backs and com­ing off vic­to­ries. The Cavs ral­lied from 19 points be­hind in the fourth quar­ter at Bos­ton to win by one point in the fi­nal minute, then car­ried that mo­men­tum into the start of Satur­day night.

James, who be­gan the night lead­ing the league in scor­ing at 27.1 points, scored 11 within the first four min­utes Satur­day to get the Cavs rolling. The lead never dipped be­low 23 in the sec­ond half.

The Hawks had scored at least 100 points in six of their first eight games, but were smoth­ered in the sec­ond half by a Cavs de­fense that has been abysmal at times this sea­son.

Not on this night. Even with a com­fort­able 9463 lead late in the third, James swat­ted Kent Baze­moreâ s shot out of bounds as the crowd roared. James re­sponded by sa­lut­ing the fans from the base­line in what was eas­ily their most lop­sided vic­tory of the year.

Mark Dun­can/AP

At­lanta Hawks’ Mike Mus­cala (31) drives to the bas­ket on Cleve­land Cava­liers’ Lou Amund­son

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