Cavs Shoot Record 25 Threes, Rout Hawks For 2-0 Lead
Cavs shatter NBA records: The Cleveland Cavaliers drained an NBA-record 25 three pointers Wednesday night in a 123-98 rout of the Atlanta Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference semifinals. With the dominating victory, Cavs asserted a 2-0 lead in the best-of-seven-series.Advertisement
While JR Smith shot 7/13 from deep, LeBron James shot 4/6, Kyrie Irving shot 4/5 and Kevin Love went 3/4 from downtown. In all, the Cavaliers shot an incredible 25/45 from deep (56 per cent). LeBron’s No. 1 seeded team shot 18 threes in the first half alone, running away with a 74-38 lead to land a firm knockout blow to Mike Budenholzer and his Hawks. |Final Box Score| |Video: Watch all 25 threes above|
Besides the starters, even the bench scorers had the hot shooting hand, with Richard Jefferson going 2/2 from deep, Channing Frye 1/3 and Iman Shumphert 1/1. Frye (12 points) also had 5 rebounds, 2 assists and a steal from just 20 minutes off the bench as Cleveland shot the Hawks out of the gym.
With 2:24 left in the game, Cavs reserve Dahntay Jones made the NBA record-breaking 24th three, shattering the previously held record of Orlando Magic (2009) and Houston Rockets (2013). A minute later, backup PG Mo Williams hit another 3 to set the new record of 25 three pointers. The 25 made threes are the most in any game in regular season or postseason history.
For the Hawks, only Paul Millsap had a reasonable game with 16 points, 11 rebounds and a block. In fact, none of the Hawks starters saw even 30 minutes of playing time after the Cavs ran away with the game within the first two quarters. Budenholzer decided to rest his starters for most of the fourth quarter in what was a lost cause.
ESPN summed it up the best: “By halftime, the Cavs were up by 36 and within three 3-pointers of the postseason record of 21 set by Golden State on April 24. At that point even the Hawks were done. The team posted on its official Twitter account, “If you take away their 3s, we’re right in this.”
The series will now shift to Atlanta for Game 3 on Friday night. Can the Cavs keep up their incredible shooting?