CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - The Cavaliers took a 3-0 lead over the Atlanta Hawks in the Eastern Conference semifinals with a win Friday night at Philips Arena in Atlanta. Tony Zarrella provides his final thoughts from the victory.
- Of all the numbers to break down, and there are many, the most impressive is this: 55 to 28. That’s the edge the Cavaliers had in rebounding, with Tristan Thompson once again controlling the boards. Thompson pulled down 9 offensive rebounds, 13 overall. Paul Millsap led the Hawks with 8.
- The second-most impressive number is 27. That’s how many points Channing Frye threw down in a career performance. This is exactly why the Cavs traded for him in February, to relieve Kevin Love, still spread the floor and hit 3s. Frye hit seven of them, and kept the offense moving while Love, who played only 29 minutes and was in foul trouble.
- LeBron and Kyrie each ended up with 24 points, and each took turns dominating in the fourth quarter. Irving rattled off 8 straight points for the Cavs early in the quarter, and LeBron scored 7 of their 9 points during the stretch in which they finally regained the lead.
- After throwing down an NBA-record 25 3s in Game 2, the Cavaliers follow it up with 21 more in Game 3. They shot 54 percent from the arc in this game, and when they’re spacing the floor like that and hitting, they’re unstoppable.
- Kyle Korver finally played a big role in this series, scoring 18 points, and Horford, Teague and Millsap combined for 60…and it still wasn’t enough. The Hawks are out of answers, options, and come Sunday, time.
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