Love leads Cavaliers to win over Hawks

Sun Nov 22, 2015 12:38am EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - When Jared Cunningham threw a bad pass out of bounds, LeBron James had seen enough. He abruptly signaled for a sub, then stormed off the court and sat down on the bench on Saturday while play continued around him.

The Cavaliers did not have enough time to get a sub into the game and were whistled for a technical -- all while they were ahead by 26 points in the third quarter.

Kevin Love scored 25 points and grabbed 11 rebounds, while James finished two assists shy of a triple-double in Cleveland's 109-97 victory against the Atlanta Hawks in an Eastern Conference finals rematch from last season.

Yet James and coach David Blatt still found plenty to be upset about despite a win that was not as close as the final score indicated.

"He was frustrated, knew we weren't playing right and thought we were playing hockey. Hockey sub," Blatt joked of James' tantrum. "I understand his frustration but obviously you shouldn't do that."

James said he apologized to his team mates afterward.

"I blew a gasket," he said.

Hawks guard Jeff Teague came off the bench to score 13 points, Kyle Korver scored 14 and forward Paul Millsap had 14 points and 11 rebounds for the Hawks, who played most of the night without their coach.

Mike Budenholzer was ejected with 6:27 left in the second quarter and the Hawks trailing by 12. Budenholzer stepped out to the three-point line on the court and appeared to bump referee Ben Taylor, prompting the ejection.   Continued...

Nov 21, 2015; Cleveland, OH, USA; Atlanta Hawks forward Paul Millsap (4) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) during the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports