Atlanta closed the half on an 18-6 run to take a 61-42 lead over the Cleveland Cavaliers at halftime. In the first half at least, Atlanta came out focused and set to put last night's mishap in Philadelphia behind them.
After being held in check for most of Friday night's contest in Philadelphia, Joe Johnson responded in a big way scoring 17 first half points to lead the Hawks. Johnson hit 7-13 shots and was also one of four Hawks players with three assists in the game. Jeff Teague added 10 points including a couple of fast break dunks that energized the Philips Arena crowd. The Hawks hit 58 percent of their shots in the first half and finished the half with 18 assists on 26 made baskets.
Cleveland's rookie tandem of Kyrie Irving and Triston Thompson were entertaining in the first half. Irving hit a variety of jumpers and finished the half leading Cleveland with 13 points. Thompson hit all three of his field goal attempts in the first half and was 4-5 from the free throw line for his 10 points. The Cavaliers shot a respectable 45 percent in the first half but turned the ball over 11 times which helped ignite Atlanta's fast break.
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