Cleveland Cavaliers Get First Win of 2018-2019 Season 136-114 over Atlanta Hawks

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Cleveland Cavaliers Point Guard George Hill
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Perhaps the coaching change from Tyronn Lue to Larry Drew was the shot in the arm the Cleveland Cavaliers need.

The Cavaliers entered Tuesday night’s meeting at Quicken Loans Arena with the Atlanta Hawks as the only NBA team without a victory. A total team effort resulted in a 136-114 victory.

Cleveland used a late run in the second quarter to take a 58-57 lead into halftime. It is the first time this season the Cavaliers took a lead into intermission. The momentum carried over into the third quarter. As a result the wine and gold scored a season high for points in a quarter with 41. The Cavaliers outscored Atlanta 78-57 in the second half. Cleveland’s biggest lead of the night was 27 points.

Rodney Hood led the Cavaliers with a game high 26 points. Hood was perfect shooting the basketball from three point range, four-for-four.

All five Cavaliers starters finished in double figures in scoring. Cedi Osman recorded 20-points. George Hill had 17-points. Sam Dekker, who started for the injured Kevin Love, scored 12-points. Dekker also led the Cavaliers in assists with four. Tristan Thompson finished with eleven points. Thompson also led Cleveland in rebounds, 13 and steals with four.

All eleven Cleveland players who saw action in the game scored. Only veterans J.R. Smith and Channing Frye did not play in the game.

Rookie Trae Young led the Hawks with 24-points. Alex Len added 22-points in addition to a team high nine rebounds.

Cleveland’s 22-point victory avenges the home opening loss to the Hawks just nine days ago. Atlanta beat the wine and gold 133-111 on October 21.

Cleveland’s next game is Thursday, November 1 against the Denver Nuggets. The Cavs wrap a three game homestand on Thursday night. Cleveland is now 1-6 on the young season.

Scott Piker is the Cleveland Browns, Cleveland Cavaliers and Cleveland Indians Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage.com. So follow him on twitter @ScottPikerSport

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