1 down, 3 to go: Cavs top Hawks in Eastern Conference finals Game 1, 97-89

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hawksATLANTA – The Cavaliers and the Hawks faced off Wednesday night in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals and the Cavs came away with the first victory, 97-89.

The Cavs now lead the series 1-0 with Game 2 on Friday in Atlanta at 8:30 p.m.

The first half was extremely physical with Kyrie Irving, LeBron James and Iman Shumpert all getting banged up at points. The Hawks commanded the lead for a majority of the half, but the Cavs rallied back to tie the game 51-51 at halftime.

The third quarter is when the Cavs really came on strong, absolutely dominating from three-point range going into the fourth quarter. J. R. Smith set a new playoff record with 8 three-pointers, which he had with over 9 minutes still left in the game.

The Cavs held on in the fourth, keeping their lead, although the Hawks came within five at one point.

**Fox 8’s PJ Ziegler will be in Atlanta through Game 2**

The entire postseason has been physical for the Cavs, starting with the loss of Kevin Love in the first series with Boston.  The injuries continued with Irving and James during the series with Chicago as well, but the team is optimistic that injuries won’t hold them back against the Hawks.

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Here is the schedule for the Eastern Conference Finals:
(all game times are eastern)

  • Game 2: Friday, May 22 at 8:30 p.m. in Atlanta
  • Game 3: Sunday, May 24 at 8:30 p.m. in Cleveland
  • Game 4: Tuesday, May 26 at 8:30 p.m. in Cleveland
  • Game 5: Thursday, May 28 at 8:30 p.m. in Atlanta (if necessary)
  • Game 6: Saturday, May 30 at 8:30 p.m. in Cleveland (if necessary)
  • Game 7: Monday, June 1 at 8:30 p.m. in Atlanta, (if necessary)

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