The number 2 seed Cleveland Cavaliers takes Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals against the number 1 seed Atlanta Hawks at Philips Arena 97 – 89.
LeBron James leads the scoring for cavaliers with 31 points 8 rebounds and 6 assist. James exploded for 14 points in the second quarter after only 2 points in the 1st quarter.
Atlanta Hawks, had a good start leading by 9 points in the 1st quarter 24 – 15 with 2:55 to go.
At 2nd quarter, Cavs, little by little cut the deficit and ending the half with 51 – 51 all.
Jr Smith added 28 points off the bench hitting 8 out 12 three point shots, a cavaliers new franchise records for most three points in a playoff. Smith explode in the 4th quarter hitting 3 tripples, that gives the cavs their biggest lead to 18 points, 85 – 67 with 9:59 seconds in the 4th quarter.
Atlanta takes a final run until an injury happen to Atlanta Hawks forward Demarre Carroll with only 4:59 second in the 4th quarter. Carroll, never came back in the game due to injury sustained.
With 37 seconds to go the Hawks brought down the lead of the Cavs, in just 6 points 93 – 87.
Cavaliers holds and escape a victory at Philips Arena 97 – 89. Taking the home court advantage.
Ky rie Irving, scores 10 points in 27 minutes but looks humbling as, Thristan Thompson scores double double with 14 point and 10 rebounds, Timothy Mozgov , had 10 points and 11 rebounds.
LeBron James, made another milestone of his career as he surpassed Michael Jordan and become number 1 with 52 most 30 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assist in a post season.
Game two is scheduled on Friday, 8:30 pm Us time at Philips Arena.