7:13 p.m.-CAVALIERS TRAIL HAWKS, 64-60, AT HALFTIME
CLEVELAND — While the Cleveland Cavaliers had a strong showing in the first quarter, the opposite proved to be the case in the second period against the Atlanta Hawks in the 2018-2019 home opener at Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers were outscored by 14 points, 40-26, in the second quarter and trailed the Hawks, 64-60, after the first half of play in front of the home fans.
The Cavaliers made just 10 of their 22 attempts from the field and two of their five attempts from three-point range, while the Hawks continued their hot shooting from long distance and knocked down four of 10 from beyond the arc in the second quarter.
Including the three-pointers, the Hawks made 12 of their 22 looks from the field in the second quarter. Also, the Hawks made good on all 12 of their shots from the free-throw line in the second quarter after not getting a single attempt from the charity stripe over the first 12 minutes of play.
Guard Trae Young led the way for the Hawks with 21 points, while guard Kent Bazemore and center Alex Len added 10 each in the first half of play.
Power forward Kevin Love led the Cavaliers with 14 points and eight rebounds, while guard Jordan Clarkson came off the bench to score 11 points over the first half of play.
6:56 p.m.-WATCH: LARRY NANCE JR. SETS UP SAM DEKKER FOR SLAM DUNK IN CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ HOME OPENER
CLEVELAND — Ball movement was key to the Cleveland Cavaliers’ early-game success against the Atlanta Hawks in the 2018-2019 home opener at Quicken Loans Arena Sunday, and nowhere was that more evident than when center Larry Nance Jr. set up Sam Dekker for a slam dunk late in the first quarter.
Instead of taking a shot from inside the paint, Nance Jr. utilized a pump fake to get Hawks forward Alex Poythress in the air and out of position. With a clear passing lane after the pump fake, Nance Jr. slipped a pass to Dekker and the veteran forward threw down a two-handed slam that brought the crowd to its feet.
Two possessions earlier, Nance Jr. kicked out a pass to his long-time teammate, Jordan Clarkson, and the fifth-year professional buried a three-pointer that put the Cavaliers in front of the Hawks by 10 points, 29-19, with 1:54 to play in the first quarter.
Nance Jr. added another assist early in the second quarter when he gave the ball to Clarkson and the veteran guard buried his second three-pointer of the game.
Two possessions later, Dekker returned the favor and set up Nance Jr. for a layup that gave the Cavaliers a 46-32 lead with 8:48 to play in the first half.
6:38 p.m.-CAVALIERS LEAD HAWKS AFTER FIRST QUARTER
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers came out running in their home opener and utilized a fast start from power forward Kevin Love to a 34-24 lead over the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena Sunday night.
Love made four of his first six attempts from the field and led the way with a 10-point, five-rebound effort over the first 12 minutes of play.
Thanks to solid three-point shooting, the Hawks got back into the game later in the first quarter. Although the Hawks made only nine of their 21 attempts from the field in the first period, they knocked down six of their 10 looks from three-point range.
6:25 p.m.-WATCH: KEVIN LOVE HITS LAYUP AFTER SLICK PASS FROM CEDI OSMAN IN CLEVELAND CAVALIERS’ HOME OPENER
CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers got a limited look at what forward Cedi Osman could do to help the team during the 2017-2018 season, but with a retooled roster, the second-year man is showing he can do a little bit of everything.
In the first quarter of the 2018-2019 home opener at Quicken Loans Arena, Osman fired a pass to a driving Kevin Love, and the veteran power forward converted a contested layup on the short side of the hoop that put the Cavaliers in front of the Hawks, 15-7, with 6:27 left in the first quarter.
After catching the inbounds pass from Love on the left wing, Osman squared up to the basket, and used the space given him by a defender to see a passing lane and thread the needle to Love, who went up with the right hand on the left side of the hoop and got the layup to go for the Cavaliers.
The Cavaliers held a 34-24 lead over the Hawks after the first quarter.
Over the first 12 minutes of play, Love made four of his first six attempts from the field and led the way with a 10-point, five-rebound effort. Love was plus-11 in 10:22 of playing time, meaning the Cavaliers bested the Hawks by nearly a dozen points when he was on the floor.
Osman had three assists and was plus-eight in the first quarter.
6:10 p.m.-CAVS CELEBRATE HOME OPENER AT THE Q
CLEVELAND — A new era of Cleveland Cavaliers basketball got underway last Wednesday night in Toronto, and now, for the first time in the 2018-2019 season, the team will play in front of the home fans at Quicken Loans Arena.
After back-to-back road losses to the Toronto Raptors and Minnesota Timberwolves, the Cavaliers (0-2) have returned to The Q to battle the Atlanta Hawks.
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