On Friday March 3rd, the Atlanta Hawks moved on to a record of (34-27) after losing to the (42-18) Cleveland Cavaliers (135-130) in what became a thriller late.
The Atlanta Hawks trailed the Cavs by 25 points in this game but fought back to cut the Cavs lead to just three points in the fourth quarter. Hawks guard Tim Hardaway Jr. had a career night scoring 36 points on (13-20) shooting. Paul Millsap was (9-16) from the floor with 27 points and 9 rebounds. Dwight Howard added 15 points and 10 rebounds while Dennis Schroder added 17 points and 7 assist. The Hawks never led in this game however they exploded for 42 points in the fourth quarter to make it a game late. The game was full of emotion with Hawks big man Dwight Howard and Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer picking up technical fouls.
For the Cleveland Cavaliers, both Kyrie Irving and LeBron James had phenomenal performances. LeBron James finished the night with 38 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assist. Kyrie Irving scored 43 points and 9 assist on (14-21) shooting from the field. Irving was (5-8) from the three point line. In his first game back to Philips Arena, former Atlanta Hawks sharp shooter Kyle Korver scored 9 points going (3-7) from the three point line. As a team the Cavaliers hit 25 three pointers setting a new NBA record. The Cavaliers led the entire ball game and never they looked back.
Following the game we caught up with Atlanta Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer, Cleveland Cavaliers all-star Kyrie Irving and Atlanta Hawks star Tim Hardaway Jr. Coach Bud spoke on the loss and how his team fought out of their 25 point hole. Coach Bud wasn’t happy that his team was down that much however he appreciated the energy his team showed to make it a game. Kyrie Irving’s 43 points was a game high. Irving spoke on the groove he found shooting and the Hawks nearly winning the game. Tim Hardaway Jr is coming into his own as a star in the NBA and he took the loss on his shoulders. Hardaway Jr spoke on the Hawks comeback but highlighted his disappointment being in that position to begin with. Hardaway spoke on moving forward but learning a lesson from a loss like this to the world champions.
The Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks matchup was covered by Terrell Thomas. The Cleveland Cavaliers vs. Atlanta Hawks matchup was shot by Danny Digital. Stay tuned to HHS1987 for more NBA news. Follow @eldorado2452 on Twitter and Instagram for all your Atlanta Hawks, NBA and sports news.
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