The Cleveland Cavaliers clinched the number one seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs Monday night with a 109-94 victory over the Atlanta Hawks. For the 3rd time in #CavsHistory, the top seed in the East resides in Cleveland. #AllForOne pic.twitter.com/0VUVJ3LJom
— Cleveland Cavaliers (@cavs) April 12, 2016
The Hawks came out of the gate strong, starting the game on an 8-0 run, but after that it was all Cavaliers. LeBron and the team were obviously taking this game very seriously, playing with high effort throughout. JR Smith was diving for loose balls, LeBron played the entire second quarter and the Cavs went into halftime up 51 to 45.
Unfortunately for Kent Bazemore and the Hawks, LeBron was just getting started. LBJ scored a whopping 19 points in the third quarter and put the game away for the Wine and Gold, finishing 13-16 on the night.
Strong offensive performances from Kyrie (35 points) and LeBron (34 points) led the way while Tristan Thompson locked down Paul Millsap defensively and Kevin Love cleaned up on the glass. With just one game remaining until the playoffs, a blowout win over one of the better teams in the conference is a nice confidence booster for the fans.
The Cavs look to carry this positive momentum into the final regular season game Wednesday night against the Pistons.