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Clippers beat Cavaliers in Cleveland for first time since 2002; Irving misses third straight game

Jamal Crawford led Clippers to the win (photo by Keith Allison via wikipedia commons)

The Cleveland Cavaliers have proven that they can win without second year All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving.

But when they’re playing one of the NBA’s top echelon teams in the Los Angeles Clippers, his services were definitely missed.

The Cavaliers played for the third straight game without Irving and it showed in a 105-89 loss.

Jamal Crawford, Chris Paul, and Blake Griffin led the Clippers to their 43rd win of the season. They lead the NBA’s Pacific Division by 9 games over the surprising Golden State Warriors.

Prior to last night’s game, Los Angeles had not won a game in Cleveland dating back 10 losses in a row to 2002.

Crawford scored 24 points,  Paul dished out 15 assists and  Griffin scored 16 and pulled down 11 rebounds.

The Cavs were led by rookie Dion Waiters with 17 points.

 

Info compiled from Cleveland Cavaliers, Los Angeles Clippers & NBA

Despite Atlanta Hawks progress, Woodson out as coach

compiled from staff and wire reports

Mike Woodson took the Atlanta Hawks from being an also-ran, to an playoff contender. They made dramatic improvement under Mike Woodson. But the team’s front office wondered if he could take them to the Eastern Conference finals and the NBA Finals.

On Friday, the Hawks were thinking that he could not take them to the ‘next steps’ so they fired Woodson, just four days after the team was swept in the second round of the playoffs by the Orlando Magic.

After consulting with the team’s ownership. general manager Rick Sund decided not to offer Woodson a new contract. His six-year coaching tenure ended with the Hawks in which they won just 13 games in his first season, then improved their record every year, including three straight playoff appearances.

Mike Woodson (nba)

Atlanta won 53 games this season, the most since 1996-97, and was the number 3 seed in the Eastern Conference. But the management didn’t see that as a determining factor in saving Woodson’s job. Their decision was based on the Hawks being routed by the Orlando Magic in the NBA’s Eastern Conference semifinals. That four-game sweep became the most lopsided in NBA playoff history.

The offseason is going to be a key and busy one for the Atlanta Hawks. Firing Woodson was the first move. The team must now find a new coach and try to re-sign their best player, Joe Johnson who will become a free agent this summer. Rumor has it that Johnson doesn’t want to return to Atlanta.

With or without Johnson, there is plenty of talent for the next head coach to get to that ‘next level’.  Al Horford, Josh Smith, Jamal Crawford and Mike Bibby.

NBA PLAYOFFS: Eastern Conference (Saturday results)

compiled by megasportsnews.com staff

BOSTON CELTICS-MIAMI HEAT

Kevin Garrett had 15 points and nine rebounds and Boston played Miami-style defense to beat the Heat in the Eastern Conference series opener.

Kevin Garnett (nba)

With 40 seconds left in the game, a scuffle broke out near the Miami bench resulted in two technical fouls against Garnett, an automatic ejection, and one each to Boston’s Glen Davis and Miami’s Udonis Haslem and Quentin Richardson.

Trailing 44-41 at halftime, the Celtics held the Heat to 32 points in the second half. They shadowed Dwayne Wade with backup guard Tony Allen and the Miami Heat star couldn’t get going in the game, though he scored a mild 26 points.

ATLANTA HAWKS-MILWAUKEE BUCKS

Joe Johnson scored 22 points, and Mike Bibby had 19 for Atlanta in Playoff game 1 of the Eastern Conference series, en route to a 102-92 victory.

Mike Bibby (nba)

Jamal Crawford, playing in the first playoff game of his 10-year career, scored 17 points for Atlanta.

Rookie Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee with 34 points.

The Hawks had mismatches all over the court, taking advantage of the fact that Milwaukee was without Andrew Bogut who’s season ended with an injury.

Cavaliers reach 60 wins again; beat Atlanta, 93-88

compiled by megasportsnews.com staff

LeBron James scored 27 points, Mo Williams added 24 points and J.J. Hickson grabbed a career-high 16 rebounds, as the Cavaliers added their name to an elite fraternity of teams with win number 60 by scoring 14 points in a row in the fourth quarter to put away the Atlanta Hawks, 93-88, Friday night in Cleveland.

Mike Brown 60 wins again (creative commons/wfe photo)

Cleveland became the ninth team to post back-to-back 60-win seasons and moved to on-win or a loss by the Los Angeles Lakers, of clinching the league’s best record and home-court advantage throughout the playoffs.

The Cavaliers, with Orlando’s loss to San Antonio clinched the Eastern Conference’s best record.

LeBron and Company didn’t wrap up Friday’s game until the later stages. The Cavs’ 14-0 run during a six-minute stretch finally allowed the Cavs to beat the Hawks for the third straight time this season and ninth in a row overall.

Cleveland trailed 76-74 when LeBron and Mo Williams took over the game and scored nine and a 3-pointer respectively during the decisive run at the end of the game. Cleveland enjoyed a 55-36 rebounding advantage.

Josh Smith with 20, Jamal Crawford with 17 and Marvin Williams with 15 led Hawks in scoring.

The Cavs won their 10th straight at home and improved to 34-4 this season at Quicken Loans Arena. Since the start of the 2008-2009 season, Cleveland is 73-6 at home.