April 18, 2014

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Kyrie Irving held scoreless as Cavaliers get blasted by Hawks

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kyrie Irving was held scoreless against the Hawks Friday night. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kyrie Irving was held scoreless against the Hawks Friday night. (AP Photo/Mark Duncan)

ATLANTA — Kyle Korver hopes to be able to sleep better now that his chase for the NBA record for consecutive games with a 3-pointer is over.

Kyrie Irving might not be able to sleep at all after being held scoreless.

Korver made a 3-pointer for a 90th straight game, Al Horford scored 22 points and the Atlanta Hawks beat the Cleveland Cavaliers 108-89 Friday night.

Irving and another Cavaliers starter, Alonzo Gee, failed to score a point. Irving, who entered the game averaging 20.8 points per game, shot 0-for-9.
Cleveland (6-13) entered the night having won back-to-back games for the first time this season, but was never really in the game. The Cavs trailed 77-48 in the third quarter.

“We’ve got to come out, we’ve got to compete for 48 minutes,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “We’ve got to find a grittiness … I’m not worried about Kyrie’s shot. He’s going to make enough shots.”

Dion Waiters and rookie guard Matthew Dellavedova hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to pull the Cavs to 84-72 early in the fourth before Atlanta (11-10) steadily pulled away.

Waiters shot 13-for-20 shots and scored a season-high 30 points off the bench, but lamented the Cavs’ slow start and lethargic showing.

“We’ve got to come out with a sense of urgency,” he said. “It’s frustrating to have to keep talking about the same thing over and over.

“Superman’s not coming in the locker room to help us. It’s just us. We’re all we’ve got so at the end of the day we’ve got to come out and play, play the right way, too.”

Jarrett Jack added 13 points off the bench for Cleveland, but all Cavs other than him, Waiters and Anthony Bynum (20 points, season-high 13 rebounds) combined to shoot 12-for-50.

Korver’s three with 5:29 remaining in the first quarter broke a tie with Dana Barros (1994-96).

“It feels good, I’m glad it’s done” Korver said after scoring 10 points and making 2-of-3 from beyond the arc. “My naps the last couple (game days) haven’t been very solid. I’m the product of good team basketball, of setting screens and (getting) good passes and floor spacing and all of that.

“There’s a lot of thanks to go around … players who aren’t here, coaches who aren’t here this year and this group in here. I just said, ‘Thank you.’”

Korver has made 47 percent of his 3-point shots (235-of-502) during the streak.

Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer said he didn’t think the team went out of its way to get the 11-year veteran from Creighton the ball in position to break the record, but admitted that his players might say otherwise.

Korver missed his first try just 1:03 into the game as fans rose from their seats as he rose to shoot. Everybody in Philips Arena stood up again just an instant before the record-setter swished to give Atlanta an 18-10 lead.

“DeMarre (Carroll) passed up a wide-open shot to try to get him the ball, and I gave up a transition try,” said Atlanta point guard Jeff Teague, who scored 13 points. “I wish I made the pass.”

That honor went to forward Paul Millsap, who scored 16 points and tied his season high with 14 rebounds.

Millsap, who was also a teammate of Korver’s with the Jazz, was more proud of his assist to Korver than anything else.

“I’m in the history book now,” he said with a smile. “I’m in awe to see something like that. Teams focus on keeping him off the 3-point line, and for him to do that for so long is an amazing accomplishment.”

Atlanta won with balance as seven Hawks scored in double figures and the home team had little trouble with the Cavs, who fell to 1-10 on the road.

Hawks 108, Cavaliers 89

CLEVELAND (89): Gee 0-2 0-0 0, Thompson 4-9 1-2 9, Bynum 9-14 2-7 20, Irving 0-9 0-3 0, Miles 1-8 0-0 3, Waiters 13-20 3-3 30, Jack 4-10 2-2 12, Varejao 1-6 0-0 2, Bennett 0-3 0-0 0, Clark 1-3 0-0 2, Zeller 2-3 0-0 4, Dellavedova 3-7 0-0 7, Karasev 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 38-94 8-17 89.
ATLANTA (108): Carroll 4-10 2-3 10, Millsap 7-14 1-3 16, Horford 10-19 2-2 22, Teague 6-14 0-0 13, Korver 4-6 0-0 10, Brand 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 5-11 1-3 13, Mack 3-8 0-0 6, Martin 5-5 0-0 12, Ayon 3-3 0-0 6, Cunningham 0-0 0-0 0, Scott 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 47-91 6-11 108.

Cleveland 20 23 21 25 — 89
Atlanta 37 26 19 26 — 108

3-Point Goals—Cleveland 5-20 (Jack 2-4, Dellavedova 1-2, Waiters 1-4, Miles 1-4, Clark 0-1, Bennett 0-2, Irving 0-3), Atlanta 8-23 (Martin 2-2, Korver 2-3, Williams 2-6, Millsap 1-3, Teague 1-4, Mack 0-1, Horford 0-1, Carroll 0-3). Fouled Out—None. Rebounds—Cleveland 57 (Bynum 13), Atlanta 57 (Millsap 14). Assists—Cleveland 19 (Dellavedova, Irving, Varejao 4), Atlanta 31 (Teague 6). Total Fouls—Cleveland 11, Atlanta 18. Technicals—Atlanta defensive three second. A—13,282 (18,729).

TONIGHT

WHO: Cleveland vs. Los Angeles Clippers
TIME: 7:30
WHERE: The Q
TV/RADIO: FS Ohio; WTAM 1100-AM

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