(SL) – It was a good one and a preview of what we can expect for the playoffs! I think everyone is ready for the 2nd season and The Atlanta Hawks and Cleveland Cavaliers gave us a peek at what we can look forward to Friday night at Philips Arena. Where do I start? The Hawks got off to a strong start but by the
end of the 1st quarter, Atlanta was reminded why the Cavs are the top team in the East. Somewhere between the 1st and 2nd quarter Cleveland managed to get ahead by 21 points, but by halftime the Hawks had cut that lead down to 14 with aggressive play by Paul Millsap and Jeff Teague. As the 3rd quarter got underway, Paul Millsap continued to lead offensively and as they headed into the 4th the Cavs only led by 7.
Cleveland would lead by 11 in the 4th, but Atlanta fought back and forced their way into overtime. It would end with Al Horford missing a 3 at the buzzer. Paul Millsap scored a season high 29 points 12 rebounds (yes another double double) and Jeff Teague was pure Nacho with 28 points and 9 assists.Al Horford and Kyle Korver both chipped in 14 points. It was devastating loss indeed considering the Cavs pulled out the win only shooting 39.8%
from the field. Iman Shumpert said their defense came up big when they needed it. Defense along with Lebron James’ 29 points and 16 rebounds and 9 assists was a recipe for victory and landed King James at #11 on the NBA’s scoring list. Kyrie Irving, despite all the drama involving his ex-girlfriend had a good game too scoring 20 points. Kyrie was only 5-23 from the field but made 5 of 6 free throws in the final 20 seconds of OT.
Those free throws are why Lebron James says they felt comfortable putting the ball in Irving’s hands at the end. Lebron said, “I’ve never known him to miss a free throw in OT.” Clutch indeed. Outside of a good game, halftime was pretty entertaining too with the King of The South,
TI, performing for a sellout crowd.that included his three sons who were courtside watching their pop do what he does best. Also in attendance, singer and songwriter, The Dream and rapper Future.Up next, the Hawks will play Phoenix on Tuesday while the Cavs will go head to head with Charlotte on Sunday.