Cavaliers Set NBA Record With 25 Threes in Game 2

Bradley Whitaker
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Should the Golden State Warriors be worried? The Cleveland Cavaliers almost look ready to beat the defending champs at their game.

You have to give credit to head coach Tyronn Lue (or LeBron James) for transforming the Cavs into a deep-shooting team in what’s quickly evolved into a shooter’s league. Cleveland put it all on full display in Game 2 against the Atlanta Hawks.

Cleveland entered the locker room at halftime up 74-38 after making an NBA playoff first-half record 18 three-pointers, fueled by J.R. Smith (6-of-10), Kevin Love (3-of-4) and LeBron James (3-of-4).

Just to give you an idea of how unprecedented 18 threes in a half is, the previous postseason record was 12.

Love hit the last dagger in the final seconds of the second quarter to put away any hope the Hawks still had at making a comeback.

The bench was feeling it (and fun LeBron is back).

The Warriors hit an NBA playoff record 21 threes in Game 4 against the Rockets last week. So it wasn't difficult for the Cavs to break the record with just four more threes.

At the 5:10 mark in the third quarter, Kyrie Irving broke it with No. 22.

But they didn't stop there.

With two minutes left in the game, the 10th player on the Cavs helped them earn the NBA record—regular season and playoffs—for made threes in a game.

Cleveland would ultimately finish with 25 treys, a new record (challenge, Golden State?) in a 123-98 victory.

We're all thinking about that potential NBA Finals rematch. ​The playoffs just got a lot more interesting.


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