Cavs clamp down on Hawks
The Cleveland Cavaliers held Atlanta scoreless for almost nine
minutes to open the fourth quarter and scored the first 10 points
of the period to break open a close game and beat the Hawks 95-84
on Tuesday night.
Mo Williams had 20 points to lead the Cavaliers, who won in
their return to Philips Arena since completing a dominant four-game
sweep of the Hawks in the second round of last season’s playoffs.
Delonte West had 17 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas added 15
off Cleveland’s bench. LeBron James had 14 points, 10 assists and
five steals but made only 6 of 20 shots from the field.
The Hawks were outscored 20-10 in the fourth quarter.
The Cavaliers led 75-74 entering the final period and
stretched the lead to 85-74 before Josh Smith finally ended the
Hawks’ drought that lasted 8:48 by scoring with 3:12 remaining. The
Hawks were 0 for 10 from the field in the period before the basket.
Frustrations grew on the Atlanta bench during the long
scoreless streak. Hawks coach Mike Woodson was called for a
technical foul by official Leroy Richardson after complaining about
a foul call against Smith with 7:55 remaining in the game.
With 4:40 remaining, Woodson looked to the scorer’s table and
asked, “Have we scored this period?” He smiled sadly when his fears
The Hawks’ agony continued as Joe Johnson, who scored 15
points, missed a free throw. Jamal Crawford, who led Atlanta with
26 points, then missed two free throws with 4:08 remaining.
Crawford scored 17 of the Hawks’ 25 points in the second
period, including his third 3-pointer of the period only 2 seconds
before halftime. But the Cavaliers beat the Hawks on another
fast-break basket, with James scoring at the buzzer on a pass from
The basket gave James only seven points in the half.
Smith drew his second foul with 1:24 remaining in the opening
period and played only 3 minutes in the second period. He had 15
points and eight rebounds.
NOTES: The attendance was 20,150 to set a Philips Arena
regular-season record. … The teams play again Wednesday night in
Cleveland. … Ilgauskas passed Brad Daugherty for second place on
Cavaliers’ all-time scoring list. He needed five points for 10,390
to pass Daugherty.