Hawks 107 vs. 101 Cavaliers summary: stats and highlights | NBA Play-In
The Atlanta Hawks are moving on to the first round of the NBA Playoffs after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers at the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. Trae Young was outstanding in the second half and finished with 38 points in the 107-101 win.
Young starts slow in second straigh game
It was the final game of the Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament, but the atmosphere inside the stadium in Cleveland made it feel like a Game 7 of the NBA Finals. The Cavs were looking for their first playoff trip since 2018, while the Hawks were hoping to get to the playoffs and continue their quest to return to the Eastern Conference Finals.
It wasn’t a pretty start for Atlanta, who struggled to keep up with the Cavs. Cleveland came out hot from downtown, especially Lauri Markkanen who hit three triples in the first few minutes, and would end the opening half with a 17 points on 5/8 shooting from downtown.
Trae Young was kept in check over the first two quarters scoring just six points heading into halftime. The Cavs were able to stretch the lead out to as many as 14 in the second quarter. To make matters worse the Hawks lost their big man Clint Capela to a knee injury right before the break.
Allen's return not enough for Cavs
With Cavs’ center Jarrett Allen returning from a broken finger he suffered in early March, Cleveland had a big advantage down low and on the scoreboard heading into the half up ten.
Young, as he so often does in big moments took the game over in the second half. Much like he did in the game against the Hornets, the Hawks sharp shooter came out of the locker room in take over mode. He scored or assisted on 27 of Atlanta’s 33 points scored in the third to give the Hawks the lead for the first time since early in the first half, and was just getting started.
Atlanta’s defense stepped up in the fourth quarter, not allowing a field goal for the first four minutes. Trae Young led an 11-0 run to stretch the lead 95-86, but the lead was short lived. Darius Garland and Evan Mobley got the Cavs back into the game and reignited the Cleveland crowd. The Hawks lead was cut down to one, but the Cavs would not take the lead again as Atlanta held on for the victory.
Top seeded Heat next up for Hawks
Trae Young finished the game with 38 points, 32 in the second half, while Bodgan Bogdanovic had 19 points on 6/8 shooting. Clint Capela’s status for the first round is still to be determined, as Atlanta awaits John Collins to make his return as well.
The Cavs will have to wait another year to get back to the playoffs, while the Hawks are back in the Eastern Conference Playoffs and will be looking to upset the top seeded Miami Heat.
It wasn't easy, but Atlanta are on to the first round of the playoffs. The top seeded Miami Heat await.
This was maybe the play of the game. Huerter comes up with the steal after Markkanen had a steal of his own down three with under 30 seconds to go.
Young was unstoppable in the second half. When he wasn't doing it from downtown he was doing it from inside the paint.
Young got things going with this pass to start the night. He had just 6 points in the first half and played more of a distributor role in the first two quarters.
It's all over!!! The Hawks are on to the opening round of the playoffs after the second half comeback thanks to a brilliant performance by Trae Young.
Young hits one of two free throws.
Markkanen with a quick bucket and the Hawks take a quick timeout
Luwawu-Cabarrot gets fouled after the Hawks come up with a stop. He hits both free throws and this game is just about over!
Young gets fouled and hits both FTs.
Markkanen came up with a steal, but then gave the ball right back as Huerter might have just have the play of the game.
Under a minute to go from Cleveland!
Young down the lane and gets the floater to go
Mobley is fouled and hits both FTs! We have a one point game from Cleveland!! 1:27 to go in the fourth quarter.
Garland with the pull up from the top of the key, and that was a much needed bucket .
Young from the Cavs logo!!! He's got 27 points since halftime.
Mobely flying to the basket off the Garland assist and we've got a timeout with 3:50 to go in the final quarter.
Young with the floater in the paint and he's got 30 on the night, and 24 in the second half.
Markkanen with a three pointer to cut the lead to three!!! He's got 6 from downtown tonight.
Mobley going to the line after a hard foul from Bogdanovic. The crowd was asking for a flagrant but the refs didn't even have a look at it on the replay. Mobley made one FT before the Hawks took a timeout with 5:33 to go in the game.
Garland stops the bleeding with a bucket from close range.
Bogdanovic with a three ball from dead center and it's an 11-0 run for the Hawks.
Young is in take over mode, and the Hawks are on an 8-0 run.
There's Young getting the roll off the rim after the floater down the lane.
The Cavs have not had a field goal in the first four minutes of the last quarter. The Hawks have just one.
Young hits the floater and the Hawks lead by two. Timeout Atlanta with 8:51 to go in the fourth.
Gallinari gets to the line and he hits both FTs. There has yet to be a field goal scored by either team three minutes into the fourth quarter
The defense has been turned up here in this fourth quarter.
LeVert to the line and he hits both FTs.
Young scored or assisted on 27 of the 33 points scored by Atlanta in the third. He starts the fourth on the bench.
Young had 16 points on 3-5 shooting from downtown in the third quarter.
Young back to the line and hits both FTs. We are back to even going into the fourth quarter!
Garland in the corner for a deep two after the step back and he's got 17 points.
Young goes to the line and hits both FTs to tie the game up.
LeVert and Young are going toe-to-toe in the final few minutes of the thrid quarter. They just exchanged three pointers in four straight possessions.
Young with 5 quick points out of the timeout to give the Hawks their first lead since the first quarter.
The Cavs have looked like the better team all night, but they only lead by four a few minutes before the fourth quarter. Timeout from Cleveland with 2:09 to go in the third.
Gallinari with the three ball and we have a four point game!
Hunter going back at the rack and he's got 6 in the quarter and 10 on the day.
Markkanen skying for the tip back, and this guy is doing a little bit of everything tonight with 19 points.
Bogdanovic hits two FTs to cut the lead to 7,
Okoro with the baseline cut and what a pretty pass from Mobley, who is playing like anything but a guy in his rookie year.
So far the Cavs haven't been able to exploit the paint and the absence of Clint Capela.
Garland on the floater and Garland is looking like he's going to take this game over.
Hunter with the lay up off the Young assist, and the Hawks would love for Hunter to get hot like he did in the third quarter of the Hornets game on Wednesday.
Allen with the alley oop and he's becoming more and more of a factor on the offensive end.
The refs overturn the call after review shows exactly what we were talking about. There was no contact on the face of Allen.
Okongwu whistled for an offensive foul and has his basket taken off the board. The refs will review to see if there was a flagrant foul, but upon replay I'm not even sure if Okongwu hit Allen with his elbow.
The three was taken off the board after the foul was deemed before the shot.
Garland sinks a three ball and Allen was fouled during the shot the refs are reviewing the nature of the foul.
Young hits the technical FT after a defensive three seconds is called on Cleveland.
Mobley with back to back buckets to get his second half started off nicely.
Young from wayyy downtown and he's going to have to take over without Capela underneath.
We are back in play from Cleveland!! The Hawks will be without Capela after he went down with an apparent knee injury at the end of the second quarter.
Mobley got the party started for the Cavs early on and the Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse was feeling it.
Bogdanovic leads the Hawks with 13 points and is perfect from the field, Trae Young has just six points at halftime.
Lauri Markkanen leads all scorers with 17 points on 5/8 shooting from downtown, while Garland has 13 and five assists.
Gallinari to the line, hits both and that will take us to the end of the first half. The Cavs led by as many as 14, they lead by 10 going to the break.
Mobley to the line for two shots after no flagrant foul was called. He hits both and the Cavs lead by 12.
Capela is one of the leading rebounders in the league, and losing him for the rest of the night would be a devastating blow.
Capela fouled Mobley on the shot, and the Cleveland rookie landed on the leg of Capela looking like it might have hyperextended a bit. He went down immediatley and is getting helped off the court. Even worse for Capela is there is a review to see if there was a flagrent foul.
This time it's Levert hitting the three ball, and the Cavs have 10 triples.
Markkanen with another three ball!! He's 5/8 from downtown with 17 points
Huerter with the three ball out of the timeout!
Block by Markkanen leads to Levert running the break and finding Mobley on the alley oop! Cleveland was silenced for a moment, but the crowd is back on it's feet here at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Allen with the throw down and if there were any doubts about that broken finger, that should be all the proof needed that the big man is back to 100%
Markkanen with another three ball! He's got 14 points on the night.
Huerter on the baseline and the lead is three
Bogdanovic hits two FTs and a one time 14 point lead has been cut to five.
Bogdanovic with a deep two from the corner! He and Gallinari are playing well, but Trae Young needs to take this game over for the Hawks.
Bogdanovic from waaaay downtown and he's a perfect 3/3 from the field and it's back to a seven point game with under seven to go in the second quarter. Timeout Cavaliers.
Love with the three ball and the triples continue to fall for the Cavaliers! They are 7/12 from downtown.
Garland with the leaner in the lane and he's in double digits with 11.
Bogdanovic with the strong drive in transition off the steal, gets the bucket and the foul. FT is good and the lead has been cut to 7
Gallinari with back to back buckets and the Hawks trail by 10.
Okoro with a couple of FTs to start the second quarter
Young with the step back mid range jumper and that will bring us to the end of the first quarter. Cavs have been in command since the start.
Allen is streaking! Six points in the last few minutes. This time it's a dunk off the feed from Rondo.
Allen to the line and he hits two free throws. He's got four points on his night.
Garland with the spin and the finish, and this guy gets better by the day. Next year he probably won't be in MVP talks, but he will be a certified start in the season to come.
Jarrett Allen with his first points in his comeback from his broken finger. He gets the tip in off the missed shot.
Bogdanovic on the offensive boards and the Cavs will take a timeout up by 10 in the first quarter.
Garland gets to the line and sinks both FTs, and he's got 7 points already.
Levert for three!!! The Cavs are 6/7 from three point range to start the game!!
Young finds Hunter in transition and Trae has three assists already. He played the distributor role in the game against the Hornets before warming up in the second half, and it looks like he's doing that again tonight.
Markkanen with another three ball and he's got nine points in the first quarter.
Hunter with a floater out of the timeout, and if he has a quarter like his third quarter against the Hornets the Hawks will be in good shape.
Markkanen from downtown again!!! He's got two already and that sends this Cleveland crown into a frenzy.
There's Young with the step back over Allen who was blanketing the Hawk's sharp shooter.
Huerter got the first points of the game for the Hawks with a lay up off the penetration, and then Gallinari got to the rim with an easy dunk. How long will it take Trae Young to get into this game?
Mobley with the Alley oop from Garland and the Cavaliers are firing on all cylinders out of the gate.
Markkanen for three and the Cavs are starting hot from outside!
Mobley in the corner for three and it is pumping in Cleveland! The crowd is electric!
We are underway from Cleveland!!! Cavs get the tip thanks to their big man back in the line up.
We are just moments away from tip off in the final game of the Eastern Conference Play-In Tournament.
Here is the Cavs starting five for tonight's crucial matchup. Jarrett Allen is back for Cleveland in the biggest game of the season.
According to Bet365.com the Hawks come into tonight 2.5 points favorites on the road with the Over/Under set at 223.
This is the mission for the Hawks. Just one more game and they are in the playoffs. Can they do it away from home? They were just 16-25 on the road this season.
Garland's leading role
While Darius Garland’s stats aren’t quite as flashy, the third year man out of Vanderbilt is having a fantastic season, averaging 21.7 ppg and 8.6 apg. He almost single handedly brought the Cavs back to life in the fourth quarter of the game in Brooklyn, and knows he will have to come up big if the Cavs are going to extend their season.
Trae Young has been the star of the show for the Hawks all season long. He is among the leaders in points per game and assists per game with 28.4 ppg and 9.7 apg. He was third in the regular season with almost 10 dishes a night while his 28.4 ppg is less than two points away from the top score in the league, Joel Embiid.
Cavs missing piece back?
Jarrett Allen is expected to make his return from a broken finger he suffered in Early March. The Cavs big man was a big part of Cleveland’s top rated defense for much of the year while averaging 16.1 points and 10 rebounds a night.
The Cavs coming into tonight showing off the drip. Will it be their final time coming into Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse.
Cleveland looking to rebound
The Cavaliers lost their opening Play-In game against the Brooklyn Nets on Tuesday. The Nets got off to a hot start in the first half and led wire to wire. Cleveland was down 40-20 after the opening quarter and and used Kyrie Irving’s perfect 12 for 12 start go in to halftime with a 14 point lead. The Cavs got hot in the fourth quarter and came to within five points, but the the Nets held on to force Cleveland to play in tonight’s final Play-In game.
Hawks had a big win Wednesday against Charlotte
The Hawks are coming into tonight on the heels of a huge win over the Charlotte Hornets. Six players finished in double digits in Atlanta’s 132-103 to earn them a spot in tonight’s fight for survival. Trae Young overcame a slow start where he went just 1/9 through the first quarter and a half, and finished with 24 points and 10 assists.