The teams met for the first time since the Cavaliers swept the Hawks in the Eastern Conference finals, and it didn’t take long for Cleveland to continue its dominance.
The Cavaliers took control after trailing 17-16 midway through the first quarter. Cleveland quickly built a 10-point lead, stretched the margin to 57-40 late in the first half and the Hawks never recovered.
Hawks coach Mike Budenholzer was ejected in the second quarter after making contact with an official. Budenholzer was given a technical for arguing a call, bumped referee Ben Taylor after stepping on the floor and was quickly tossed.
This story has been corrected to show that Ben Taylor was the referee bumped.