Marvin Wiliams posted a season-best 31 points and Al Horford added 20 as the Hawks rolled to a 99-83 win over the lowly Cleveland Cavaliers on Sunday evening at Quicken Loans Arena.
Josh Smith had 13 points and 18 boards for Atlanta, which swept the season set from the Cavs.
I'll be honest with you. I didn't watch a ton of this one as I had my fantasy baseball draft going on at the same time. But from what I saw, the Hawks pretty much did whatever they wanted to to Cleveland, overcame a slow start from Josh Smith and won a bit of a ho-hum game.
Cleveland was missing shots early as Atlanta took an 8-0 lead at the start, but the Cavs bench helped close the gap to 21-18 after one frame. Williams got going and so did the Hawks in the second period, as Atlanta built a double-digit lead and never looked back.
The Hawks did it all without Johnson, who stayed home to rest a sore right thumb. Williams started at the two, while Smith played the three and Horford slid over to his more natural four. Jason Collins got the start at center.
The best thing about the latest Atlanta win was that they shared the basketball. The Hawks dished assists on 29 of their 37 field goal attempts. We all know that the Hawks are at their best when they are sharing the ball and posting up inside instead of jacking up ill advised jumpers.
This one was an all-around beatdown. Kirk Hinrich posted 13 points. Jeff Teague had 10. Jamal Crawford netted seven off of the bench.
Of course, it helped that the Hawks were playing the worst team in the NBA -- a team that hadn't won back-to-back games since Nov. 5-9.
Baron Davis tried to keep the Cavs in it, scoring 19 off of the bench for Cleveland. Daniel Gibson also had 11 for the second unit. But in the end, they couldn't keep up with a more talented Hawks team that suddenly has a two-game winning streak.
Atlanta faces off against the fourth-place Orlando Magic on Wednesday night at Philips Arena.