Cavs rout Hawks, take 2-0 lead in playoff series

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CLEVELAND — LeBron James scored 27 points, ending the first and second quarters with last-second baskets, and the Cleveland Cavaliers overpowered the Atlanta Hawks 105-85 on Thursday night to open a 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference semifinal.

A perfect 6-0 in the postseason, the Cavaliers tied a league record by winning their sixth consecutive playoff game by double digits. The only other team to do it was the 2004 Indiana Pacers.

Maurice Evans scored 16 points for the Hawks, who were missing center Al Horford and forward Marvin Williams because of injuries. Leading scorer Joe Johnson rolled his right ankle in the third quarter and did not return.

X-rays were negative and the Hawks said Johnson is doubtful for Game 3 on Saturday in Atlanta.


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