Hawks Hand Cavs Season-Worst Loss

| by Daniel Yancelson
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The Atlanta Hawks handed the Cleveland Cavaliers their worst loss of the season last night -- a 127-98 beat down at the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland.

The Hawks were seeking for revenge after getting blown out by the Cavs earlier in the season 127-94.

"We got blown out the first game, like blown all the way out," Hawks guard Shelvin Mack said. "That wasn't a great feeling. We wanted to come back and see what we're made of."

Mack led all scorers with a career-high 24 points off the bench in the win. He missed one shot all night; he was 7-8 from the field, 6-6 from beyond the arc and 4-4 from the free-throw line.

Atlanta had seven players with double-digits in scoring, including Dennis Schroder who had a double-double with 10 points and 10 rebounds.

The Hawks (18-7) have won 11 of their last 12 games and currently sit half a game behind the Wizards in the Southeast Division.

At one point during the first half, the Cavs led by as many as 12, but the Hawks stepped up, and the Cavs’ defense disappeared, which made Cavs’ head coach David Blatt very unhappy.

"That was embarrassing, how we played," Blatt said. "I apologize to all the good fans who came out here. Really, just a poor, poor performance."

LeBron James scored 21 points before sitting out the fourth quarter. James had some praise for the Hawks and compared them to the defending NBA champs.

"This is a well-coached team that we played,” James said. “It reminds you of playing San Antonio, that system. They move the ball and get you in uncomfortable positions."

The resemblance does not come by accident; Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer was the assistant coach for the Spurs for over 17 years before becoming the Hawks head coach last year.

The Hawks travel to Houston next to face James Harden and the Rockets Saturday. The Cavs will look to bounce back Friday night when they host the Brooklyn Nets.

Source: ESPN / Photo Credit: Wikipedia