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Any amount of good cheer that was supposed to emanate from Atlanta’s first hosting of a Conference finals game since the Nixon administration was shot to bits in a chaotic second half. Cleveland Cavalier supersub J.R. Smith went off to the tune of 28 points in Cleveland’s 97-89 win, with 17 of those points coming in the second half and 24 of those tunes coming from behind the three-point line as he tied an Cavs playoff record with eight three-pointers.
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His explosion came just before a frightening knee injury to Hawks swingman DeMarre Carroll. Carroll, who was the team’s leading playoff scorer, top three-point shooter and ace defender heading into this series, planted on his left knee during a Eurostep move on a drive to the basket in the fourth, only to fall hard to the floor after his left knee gave out. Initial fears about a torn ACL (or worse) were scuttled onRead More »from Looking ahead to Game 2: Atlanta vs. Cleveland