The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks will meet for the second time this season on Friday (7 p.m. ET on ESPN/WatchESPN), with the Cavs looking to make up for one of their sloppiest shooting efforts in Game 1.
The Hawks won the first meeting 110-106 on Nov. 8. Each team had three starters score at least 20 points in the contest.
Such a loss is a rarity for the Cavaliers: This season, Cleveland is 11-3 overall when LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love score at least 20 points. Over the last three seasons, the Cavaliers are 20-4 in such games.
However, the Cavs failed to hit the 3 that night, resulting in one of their worst shooting performances of the season.
Cleveland will be without Love on Friday, but one of its new additions figures to be a focal point in the game. Kyle Korver -- acquired by the Cavs from the Hawks in January -- will return to Philips Arena as an opponent for the first time since the deal. Korver spent five seasons as a member of the Hawks, primarily serving as a starter and being named an All-Star in 2015.
While with the Hawks, Korver missed the Nov. 8 win over the Cavaliers due to the birth of his son.
The Hawks have beaten the Cavaliers four times since LeBron returned to Cleveland. That is tied for the third-most wins vs. Cleveland over the past three seasons.
Other Cavaliers notes:
The Cavaliers have lost each of their last two road games against teams with .500 or better records.
LeBron has never posted a triple-double in 46 games vs. the Hawks, one of five teams he has failed to do so against in his career, and the most games he played against a single opponent without one. Second-most is the Minnesota Timberwolves at 27.
LeBron is in the midst of a hot streak, averaging 26.1 points per game, 10.5 assists per game and a 61.8 field goal percentage (55.8 from 3) in his last 11 games.
Kyrie Irving has averaged 28.0 PPG over his last three games vs. Atlanta.
The Cavs have been held under 100 points in two of their last three games (both losses). When Cleveland fails to reach the 100-point mark this season, it is 2-11.
Other Hawks notes:
The Hawks have won two straight games following a three-game losing streak from Feb. 15-25.
Atlanta is eight games over .500 despite being outscored by its opponents this season. The last team to finish a season at least eight games over .500 while being outscored was the 2007-08 Cavaliers, who went 45-37 despite being outscored by 29 points.
The 25 points Kent Bazemore scored in the first meeting with the Cavs are tied for the most he’s had in a game this season.
In his first season as a full-time starter, Dennis Schroder has emerged as an offensive threat at point guard. He ranks second on the team at 17.4 PPG and is one of the premier drivers in the game. Schroder ranks fifth in the NBA with 7.9 PPG on drives this season. He scored a team-high 28 points in the first meeting with the Cavs.
Dwight Howard's teams have a 16-19 record in 35 head-to-head games with LeBron.