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January 02, 2021- Cleveland Cavaliers vanquish Atlanta Hawks

Cavaliers and Hawks regular season game recap

The Cleveland Cavaliers bested the Atlanta Hawks 96-91 away at the State Farm Arena in Atlanta, GA during Saturday evening’s matchup. Everyone was active for the Cavaliers. At the same time, Everyone was active for the Hawks. The victory brings the Cavaliers to 1-0 in the series vs. the Hawks and to 4-2 in the regular season.

For the Cavaliers, Larry Nance Jr. boasted 9 points in 36:37, albeit he struggled making shots, going 3/10 (30.0%) from the field. Additionally, Nance Jr. also had a solid team-high 11 rebounds, had a team-high 6 assists, and got 3 steals. Andre Drummond got 12 points in 20:20, going 6/10 (60.0%) from the field. In addition to his points, Drummond also got an elegant team-high 11 rebounds. Collin Sexton boasted a team-high 27 points in 35:54, going 10/18 (55.6%) from the field. Additionally, Sexton also added 3 steals. Other vital efforts included Dante Exum (who pulled down 5 rebounds) and JaVale McGee (who pulled down 9 rebounds and got 4 assists).

On the Hawks, De’Andre Hunter had a team-high 17 points in 30:55, scoring 5/11 (45.5%) from the field. In addition to his points, Hunter also managed to pull down 5 rebounds. Clint Capela scored 16 points, shooting 8/12 (66.7%) from the field in 30:54. Additionally, Capela also managed to pull down a solid team-high 16 rebounds and swiped 3 steals. Trae Young added 16 points, although he struggled with his shot, going 6/16 (37.5%) from the field in 34:06. Additionally, Young also made a notable team-high 10 assists. Additional notable efforts included John Collins (who dished a notable 5 assists) and Kevin Huerter (who got 10 rebounds).

1st Quarter

The 1st Quarter started off unexceptionally as the Cavaliers went 7/12 from the field and 1/2 from the three point mark in the first half of the quarter for a total of 15 points. Point Guard Collin Sexton was a valuable player in this decent start as he scored 7 points on 3/5 shooting (1/2 from three). Center Andre Drummond gained 6 points and had 3 rebounds. The Hawks had little trouble as well at the start of the quarter, scoring 7/15 from the field and 3/4 from three for a total of 19 points. Center Clint Capela was a major contributor in this reasonable start for the Hawks as he boasted 6 points on 3/7 shooting (0/0 from the three point mark). Capela also swiped 1 steal and got 5 rebounds in addition to his points. Small Forward De’Andre Hunter got 5 points and passed out 1 assist. Power Forward John Collins scored 5 points.

Despite the convincing start to the 1st Quarter, the Cavaliers struggled shooting to round off the quarter, recording 10 points while going 5/13 from the field and 0/2 from deep. The Hawks also had problems closing out the period, boasting 16 points on 4/13 shooting (2/9 from the three point mark). The 1st Quarter closed with the Cavaliers down by 10 points (25-35). De’Andre Hunter was the biggest contributor of the quarter, scoring 12 points. On the Cavaliers, Collin Sexton scored 7 points.

2nd Quarter

The 2nd Quarter was set off with the Cavaliers having trouble getting things going, scoring 3/11 from the field and 0/3 from the three point mark in the first half of the quarter for a total of 8 points. Damyean Dotson was one player who floundered at the beginning of the quarter, shooting 1/3 from the field and 0/1 from three for 2 points. Small Forward Dante Exum recorded 2 points and pulled down 1 rebound. Power Forward Larry Nance Jr. scored 2 points, had 1 assist, swiped 1 steal, and added 2 rebounds. Shooting Guard Darius Garland had 2 points. Damyean Dotson got 2 points. Likewise, the Hawks also struggled at the start of the quarter, scoring 3/10 from the field and 0/3 from three for a total of 8 points. Small Forward De’Andre Hunter was among those on the Hawks who floundered at the beginning of the quarter, shooting 0/1 from the field and 0/0 from the three point mark for 1 points. Brandon Goodwin had 4 points.

Following the slow start to the 2nd Quarter, the Cavaliers continued to struggle to wrap up the period, gaining 11 points while going 4/10 from the field and 1/4 from deep. The Hawks, simultaneously, had no trouble closing out the period, boasting 13 points on 6/9 shooting (1/1 from three). The 2nd Quarter ended with the Cavaliers trailing the Hawks by 12 points (44-56). Clint Capela was the largest contributor of the quarter, scoring 6 points. On the Cavaliers, Darius Garland scored 4 points.

3rd Quarter

The 3rd Quarter opened with the Cavaliers struggling to get things going, shooting 4/14 from the field and 1/5 from deep in the first half of the quarter for a total of 10 points. Small Forward Dante Exum was included in those who floundered at the beginning of the quarter, shooting 0/1 from the field and 0/1 from deep for no points. Power Forward Larry Nance Jr. got 5 points and managed to grab 1 rebound. On the other hand, the Hawks had no issues in the first half of the quarter, shooting 5/9 from the field and 1/3 from the three point mark for a total of 11 points. Center Clint Capela was a crucial contributor in this decent start for the Hawks as he boasted 4 points on 2/2 shooting (0/0 from three). Capela also had 2 blocks and had 5 rebounds in addition to points.

Despite the bad start to the 3rd Quarter, the Cavaliers bettered their shooting to finish the quarter, recording 16 points while going 6/12 from the field and 2/7 from deep. The Hawks, simultaneously, had trouble finishing out the period, recording 7 points on 3/10 shooting (1/4 from the three point mark). The 3rd Quarter finished with the Cavaliers trailing the Hawks by 4 points (70-74). Larry Nance Jr. was the largest contributor of the quarter, scoring 5 points. On the Hawks, Clint Capela scored 4 points.

4th Quarter

The Cavaliers struggled at the start of the 4th Quarter, shooting 5/12 from the field and 1/4 from deep in the first half of the quarter for a total of 12 points. JaVale McGee was included in those who struggled starting the quarter, shooting 1/3 from the field and 0/0 from three for 3 points. Point Guard Collin Sexton had 4 points and added 2 assists. At the same time, the Hawks performed well at the start of the period, scoring 4/8 from the field and 1/3 from three for a total of 9 points. Kevin Huerter was a key player in this good start for the Hawks as he scored 5 points on 2/2 shooting (1/1 from deep). Huerter also dished out 1 assist and had 2 rebounds in addition to points.

Despite the sluggish start to the 4th Quarter, the Cavaliers revitalized their shooting to wrap up the period, adding 14 points while going 4/7 from the field and 1/2 from deep. The Hawks, meanwhile, had trouble finishing out the period, scoring 8 points on 3/11 shooting (2/5 from three). The Cavaliers beat the Hawks 96-91. Collin Sexton was the main contributor of the quarter, scoring 13 points. On the Hawks, Bogdan Bogdanovic scored 6 points.

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