J.R Smith was on fire.

Cleveland Cavaliers demolish the Atlanta Hawks in game two

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The Cleveland Cavaliers triumphed over the Atlanta Hawks by a score of 123-98 in game two to take a 2-0 lead in the Eastern Conference semi-final.

Nobody would have been able to stop the Cavs last night. Not the Golden State Warriors, not Gregg Popovich and the San Antonio Spurs, and not even the '95-96 Chicago Bulls.

The Cavaliers lead from the first quarter all the way to the final buzzer on a night where they made NBA history in front of their roaring fans at The Q Arena. Cleveland broke the NBA record for most three-pointers made in a game, ever. Not just in the playoffs, but all-time. 

J.R On Top Form

Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, LeBron James, and Richard Jefferson all contributed to the Cavs breaking the record but it was J.R Smith who was the real star of the night in game two.

The contentious swingman, who can infuriate and delight in the same minute, was on his A game, keying in early and finding his shot all day long as he managed to drain seven of his 13 attempts from beyond the three-point line to finish with 23 points and a +29 rating, the best on the team.

The Cavaliers made 18 3-pointers in the first half and added seven more after halftime to demolish the Hawks. The previous playoff record for made three's was 21, while the regular season game record was 23. They were both knocked out of the park.

At one stretch of the game, Cleveland made six three-balls in a row as their lead ran out to 38 points.

By halftime, the Hawks were down 74-38 and the game was over. Atlanta did outscore Cleveland in the second half but it was never going to be enough, even with the Cavs sitting their starters in the fourth quarter.

While J.R Smith was in fine form, he didn't actually top score for Cleveland. That, yet again, was LeBron James, who ended the night with 27 points, four rebounds, and five assists. An excellent return from 28 minutes of action. 

After the game, LeBron was incredibly proud of his teammates for their accomplishment.

"Tonight was a special night for all of us who played," he said. "This league has seen so many great teams, so many great players and great shooters and for us to set an all-time record is truly special."

Overwhelming and Unbeatable

The Hawks stepped up post-game and admitted to just how good the Cavaliers played, with Kent Bazemore and Kyle Korver waxing lyrical about what they had seen.

"That was overwhelming," Hawks guard Bazemore said. "I thought they shot (really well) in Game 1, but that was amazing."

"When they put those shots down, I don't know if anyone can beat them, to be honest," Korver added. "We were hoping that they'd start missing at some point."

For the Hawks, Paul Millsap top scored with 16 points to go along with his 11 rebounds, while Jeff Teague had 14 and Kris Humphries added 12 off the bench on a night where they shot 42.3% from the field and 40.7% from three.

The Hawks need to turn things around, and soon. Thankfully for them, the series now moves to Atlanta.

LeBron James
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
Eastern Conference
Atlanta Hawks
Southeast Division
JR Smith

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