Well-rested Cavaliers shoot down tired Hawks
LEBRON James led the way as the Cleveland Cavaliers finally broke the Atlanta Hawks' resistance to seal a 104-93 victory and take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semi-final play-off series on Monday.
He posted 25 points and came up with two big steals late in the fourth quarter to help the Cavaliers seize the early initiative in the best-of-seven series at Cleveland's Quicken Loans Arena.
Kyrie Irving added 21 points with eight assists and one rebound as the well-rested Cavaliers dominated against a weary Atlanta.
The Cavs had benefited from more than a week off after wrapping up a 4-0 sweep of the Detroit Pistons in the first round.
Atlanta had fought back to within four at 92-88 with 3:11 left on the clock.
However, James converted a three-point play to stretch the Cavs' lead.
Game two in the series takes place in Cleveland today.