Each game, the Atlanta Hawks' Twitter account runs a "Korver Kounter", commemorating each Kyle Korver 3-pointer with a fire emoji. Tonight, almost every Hawk deserved his own version of the "Korver Kounter."
After the Cleveland Cavaliers got out to an early first quarter lead as large as 12 points, Atlanta started making shot after shot after shot in the second quarter. Leading the charge wasn't Korver or All-Star center Al Horford, but low-scoring reserve guard Shelving Mack. Mack was 6-6 on 3-pointers and finished with a career high 24 points. He came into tonight shooting 20.5 percent from 3-point range and averaging 3.8 points per game.
And yes, he did earn his own counter from the Hawks' Twitter account - the "Shelvin counter."
The end result was a 127-98 win for the Hawks, who were without staring point guard Jeff Teague. Mack led the Hawks with 24 points off the bench, while Horford added 20. Eight Hawks finished with 10 or more points. LeBron James and Dion Waiters co-lead the Cavs with 21 points apiece. Kevin Love, who finished with 13 points, was the only other Cavalier to score in double figures.
For the game, the Hawks shot 64.5 percent from the field and and 57.1 percent from 3-point range. Comparatively, Cleveland finished with shooting 45.1 percent from the field and 26.7 percent from deep. That resulted in the Cavs giving up a season high 127 points. Cleveland now has a record of 14-10.
The Cavs have tomorrow off before taking on the Brooklyn Nets on Friday. It is the third game of the Cavs' five game homestead. Tip-off is at 7:30 p.m in Cleveland.