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LeBron stars as Cavaliers take series lead over Hawks

LeBron James scored 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-93. PHOTO/AFP.

LeBron James scored 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-93. PHOTO/AFP.

LOS ANGELES, May 3 – LeBron James scored 25 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Atlanta Hawks 104-93 to take a 1-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semi-final playoff series on Monday.

James also contributed nine assists and seven rebounds as last year’s NBA Finals runners-up got off to a smooth start in the best-of-seven series at Cleveland’s Quicken Loans Arena.

Kyrie Irving added 21 points with eight assists and one rebound as the well-rested Cavaliers dominated against a weary Atlanta.

The Cavs had benefited from more than a week off after wrapping up a 4-0 sweep of the Detroit Pistons in the first round.

A satisfied James said suggested Cleveland had benefited from eight days off against an Atlanta side who were taken to six games by the Boston Celtics in the previous round.

“Give a lot of credit to the Atlanta Hawks, they brought it today,” James said.

“Obviously, you could tell they went through a longer series than us.

“Eight days is a long time but we tried to do whatever we could to stay in rhythm, to stay in shape. A win is a win in post-season.

“We’re going to get better as the season goes on but it’s a great start to the series.”

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James meanwhile was pleased with his own contribution to the victory but insisted Cleveland’s win was a team effort.

“I had to make some plays for this team,” James said. “They look at me as the leader of this team every single night.

“But this was a 15-man win right here we needed everybody, even the guys who weren’t in uniform.”

Germany’s Dennis Schroder was the top scorer for Atlanta, pouring on a game-high 27 points with six assists and three rebounds.

Paul Millsap added 17 points while Kent Bazemore finished with 16 points for the beaten visitors.

Game two in the series takes place in Cleveland on Wednesday.


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  1. Kavuvali

    March 13, 2013 at 1:39 pm

    ” This has nothing to do with him (VP). He will be able to issue his own statement later….” so there is a statement!!?? Prof be honest, you are speaking on his behalf, we Kenyans have come to know how this game is played so don’t play with our psychology.

  2. martina

    March 13, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Kalonzo never ceases to amaze me with how blatantly self centered he is. How can a guy like this be a people’s servant? He has completely convinced me kenyans get what they deserve if a guy like this can amass even ten votes.

    • Kwessi Pratt

      March 14, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Where did this one come from? Have you ever met Hon. Kalonzo in person? Dont just say things that you dont understand. For your information, Kalonzo joined Raila simply because he didnt want to ruin his career by being seen to have knelt before boys. Given same circumstances, I would have done exactly the same same thing. Prof. Kaloki fell off with Kalonzo long long time ago after demanding only Wiper guys should have been allowed to address CORD rallies. Thats how Prof. Kibwana became a governor! Kaloki is thus very bitter knowing that his former boss denied him election win! His support for Uhuru is certainly insincere and grounded on empty malice!!!!

  3. Gabby

    March 13, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    He sent his goons to denounce the process looking to be concurred in the Jubilee government. Please Uhuru, that is the guy who had the voters split and denied a clear PNU victory in 2007 with his katikati non-stater ego views and now again, denying a ‘Raila’- proof outright majority (because Raila’s majority is not the same as ours, poor human beings). DO NOT get him on board. Let him take in a cold breeze for 5 years as the law says……

  4. MkenyaSolidarity

    March 13, 2013 at 2:33 pm

    Election losers? What else would they do?

    • peace

      March 14, 2013 at 7:46 am

      the wave is clear, petition getting through, will be a start of a second big shame of defeat.

  5. kamau1947

    March 13, 2013 at 3:46 pm

    They wish CORD well but will take care of their own skin. Then if the election is thrown out and the tide turns they will be adrift yet again. Politician!!!!

  6. Kenyangal

    March 13, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    With this development, one can tell just how the tide will roll if the petition goes through and we go back to voting!

  7. emi

    March 14, 2013 at 5:04 am

    Voting exercise ended long time ago. Uhuruto should work with those who are interested. Should avoid only 2 pple;railonzo. They will just pull him back.

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