The Hawks were tied midway through the third quarter at 51, but were unable to respond to Cleveland's physical play. The Hawks attempted just five free throws on the night, making just two - a franchise record for the fewest made in one game ever. The Cavs made 13 of 20 free throws on the night.
Tristan Thompson and Tyler Zeller were able to overpower the Hawks' inside personnel, grabbing 26 rebounds between them. Kyrie Irving led all players with 33 points on red-hot 11-for-16 shooting, and had three of Cleveland's ten steals.
The Cavs also took down the Hawks from outside, making 12 of 23 three pointers (52%, including five of six from Irving). In contrast, the Hawks made just seven of 22 (32%) and only Kyle Korver made more than one.
"I am a little concerned right now," Drew said. "I've got to do something to get this team on stride again -- and I will."
The Hawks, now 20-14, will face Utah on Friday, January 11 at Philips Arena.