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After being named MVP LeBron James came right out of the gates and performed as such bringing down the house with a fierce two handed slam within the games first 15 seconds.
James led the team in scoring raining down 34, 22 in the 1st half, and adding 10 boards, in only 34 minutes as the Cavs pulled out an impressive 99-72 game 1 victory over the Atlanta Hawks.
Cleveland’s starting backcourt matched LeBron’s point total of 34 with Mo Williams scoring 21 (four 3’s) and Delonte West adding 13. The game was close throughout the entire 1st half with Josh Smith scoring 17 helping the Hawks stay within 5 points and a halftime score of 49-44.
It was obvious the Cavs had not played in a while (9 days) but as the game went on the Cav’s regained their game leg’s and never looked back. Mo Williams and the rest of the Cavaliers turned up the heat in the second half and outscored the Hawks 50-28 while allowing only 11 fourth quarter points.
The win puts the Cavaliers at 5-0 this post-season with all 5 victories coming in double digit fashion and an average margin of victory of 17.8 per game.