Cavs vs Hawks final score, recap and highlights: J.R. Smith scores 28 points

J.R. Smith scored 28 points, including eight three-pointers, to help LeBron James, who scored 31 points, to carry the load for the Cavaliers in a 97-89 win over Atlanta in Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals Wednesday night.

Smith was instrumental in the 22-4 run in the final five minutes of the third quarter and the first two minutes of the fourth, making five three-pointers to put the separation, 85-67.

Moreover, while Smith was spectacular in that stretch, superstar James continued to extend his effort at both sides of the floor.

Atlanta stormed back and cut the lead into four, 91-87, with a about a minute left without DeMarre Carroll, who was injured at the five minute mark in the fourth. However, the Cavaliers victory was highlighted by James uncontested dunk as he evaded Paul Millsap. James sealed the game for the Cavs.

Jeff Teague posted 27 points, three rebounds and four assists for the Hawks. Al Horford added 16 points and seven rebounds while Carroll scored only five points in 35 minutes of play.

Tristan Thompson had 14 points and 10 rebounds in 42 minutes for the Cavaliers. Also, Timofey Mozgov had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Kyrie Irving managed to play for 27 minutes, posting 10 points, three rebounds and six assists.

Carroll suffered a knee injury driving to the basket with 4:59 remaining in the fourth. He was helped to the locker room as he struggled to walk, and will undergo an MRI on Thursday to determine the extent of the injury. Carroll is the leading scorer of the Hawks in the playoffs, averaging 17 points per game prior to Game One.

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