Pacers 98 @ Cleveland 123 (Game 2, East semis, 05/04/16)

Well, it looked OK for the Hawks for about 5 minutes. The rest is history.

25 three pointers, the all-time record for one NBA game, were made by the Cavs, spearheaded by the streakiest shooter alive in JR Smith, who made seven, after nailing six in the first half.

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The Cavs’ JR Smith, with seven three pointers made, had a good workout of his picturesque jump shot. Photo courtesy of cavs.com

The Cavs’ Lebron James and Kyrie Irving had four apiece, Kevin Love had 3, Richard Jefferson had two, and five other players had one. The team shot 25-45, a 55% clip.

While I hate blow-outs, the game was a spectacle – the Hawks were playing respectable defense, especially on Smith, but there was no stopping JR, who has been in the starting lineup to stretch the floor, a good coaching ploy by rookie coach Tyronn Lue.

The score was 38-74 at half time – on eighteen threes.

Paul Millsap was the only impressive Hawk, scoring 16 and getting 11 rebounds by game’s end. He hit a buzzer-beating half court three at quarter time, but it left his fingers a fraction of a second after the siren went off.

The Hawks made some solid plays early on – Teague exploited Irving’s questionable defense, while the Hawks’ other point guard Dennis Schroder lobbed it to Al Horford for a nice alley-oop dunk.

But the Cavs ran away with the game after that, passing the ball beautifully, as seen when the Big 3 linked up off of an insane left handed pass to Irving in the middle.

Schroder had just 13 minutes, a puzzling choice by coach Mike Budenholzer as Schroder had 27 points in the game prior.

James passed Tim Duncan for fifth place in postseason scoring, finishing with 27 points, five assist and four rebounds, in another breezy performance.

The Hawks would be at a loss as to how they can improve for Game 3 in Atlanta – rushing the Cavs three point shooters would take away the outside shots, but the Cavs are too good in the paint to let them in there also. My sympathies are with coach Mike Budenholzer.

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