Last night, the Atlanta Hawks got washed and rinsed by a dominant Cleveland Cavaliers team that set the record for most three-pointers in an NBA game (25). The game was close for a very brief time–it was tied at 16 in the first quarter, before J.R. Smith realized he was on–and it quickly ballooned to a 20, then a 30, then a 40 point lead tor the Cavs, the heavy favorites to repeat as Eastern Conference champions. Everyone was hitting from deep. From LeBron James to Dahntay Jones. And it never let up. The Cavs didn’t achieve the record until the 4th quarter, but the game was already over.
Hawks forward Paul Millsap didn’t think the Cavs continuing to take three-pointers long after they’d pretty much secure the victory was a good showing of sportsmanship. Speaking to Cleveland.com, Millsap had this to say:
I’m not mad about it, but just being professionals man. If that’s how you want to approach it, that’s how you approach it. I think our team and our organization has class and I don’t think we would have continued to do that, but other organizations do other things so what can you do about it?
Chances are, when the Cavs travel to Atlanta to continue the series for Game 3, the Hawks will be looking to exact their revenge, and they’ll have their home crowd behind them fueling them.