Halftime: Hawks 49, Cavs 46
* Byron Scott hasn't gone this deep into his bench in weeks. He's already played 10 of the 12 actives. The only two not to make it in the game yet are Manny Harris and Leon Powe.
* Cavs have showed tremendous hustle on the glass, grabbing key rebounds and tips to keep plays alive while outrebounding the Hawks 22-20. All while giving up big inches at nearly every position on the floor.
* That said, the Cavs were 0 for 6 on 3s in the quarter and the Hawks were 4 for 5. Kind of explains how a five-point lead after the first quarter can become a three-point deficit at the half.
* The Cavs fell behind by nine in the quarter and were getting beaten badly in transition, but fought back to stay in the game. They've harassed the Hawks on offense on a few possessions, getting a shot clock violation in the half and another rushed shot at the shot clock buzzer.
* The Hawks have had these problems before. They lost road games at Detroit and New Jersey within the last eight days, but this one is at home for them.
End 1Q: Cavs 22, Hawks 17
* Byron Scott has been praising the play of his starters and that was evident again in the first quarter. He ran the starters hard and didn't sub until 1:40 left in the quarter. That's a big reason why the Cavs enjoy the lead right now. He's going to have to rest them at some point.
* Little surprised the Hawks didn't attack more with Joe Johnson while Daniel Gibson was defending him, since Gibson is giving up a good six inches. But Johnson got just one basket while Gibson was on him.
* The Cavs benefited from an opponent finally missing some open looks. It seems opponents have knocked down every open look they've had this season. A few of those rattled out for the Hawks in the first quarter. Law of averages after they shot 70 percent in the first quarter in a game early this season in Cleveland.
* Anderson Varejao had his ribs wrapped immediately after the quarter ended. He's been banged up the last few days and clearly isn't feeling well toinght.