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Hawks lose Game 1 and possibly DeMarre Carroll
Hawks lose Game 1 and possibly DeMarre Carroll

J.R. Smith knocked down a tough 3-pointer, then another. Turning toward the fans, their heckling transformed to groans, he blew off his right index finger and motioned toward his side, like he was holstering his pistol. Yep, Smith was that hot. While LeBron James led Cleveland with 31 points, it was Smith who ignited the Cavaliers in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference finals. He made eight 3-pointers and scored 28 points in a 97-89 victory over the top-seeded Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday night. “When he gets hot,” Cleveland coach David Blatt marveled, “he gets smoking hot.” Intent on bringing Cleveland its first NBA title, James sealed the victory with a soaring...

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