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The Cleveland Cavaliers steal home-court advantage with a 97-89 victory over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals.

The Cavaliers got off to a cold start once again in Game 1 of a playoff series. The Hawks come out shooting lights out, shooting 71% halfway through the first quarter, they finished 61% from the field at the end of the first. The Cavaliers shot 35% at the end of the first. The Hawks jumped to a lead of 9, but a couple of three pointers by Kyrie Irving and rebounds by Tristan Thompson, the Cavaliers kept it close finishing the first quarter down 6.

LeBron James was in foul trouble early, got hit with two fouls in the first 9-minutes of the game.

Kyrie Irving, who sat most of Game 6 against the Bulls after landing on Thompson said he would be ready to play in Game 1 and it showed in the first quarter, knocking down 2-of-2 three pointers, scoring 6 points. Irving would not be as effective in the second quarter.

J.R. Smith would show up big time for the Cavaliers in the first four minutes of the second quarter, hitting three 3-pointers to help bring back the Cavs and tie the game up at 33.

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