Cavs' Love sets National Basketball Association record with 34 points in 1st quarter


Two were league records, another was a team record and the other was simply another in the long line of records established during the legendary career of LeBron James. The Sixers can only hope to do the same when the defending National Basketball Association champions return to town on Sunday afternoon.

KEVIN Love had 27 points, Kyrie Irving scored 25 as the Cleveland Cavaliers won their third straight game at the expense of the depleted Dallas Mavericks 128-90 on Friday (Saturday, Manila time).

Only Golden State Warriors guard Klay Thompson, who scored 37 points in the third quarter of his team's win over the Sacremento Kings on January 23, 2015, has scored more in a quarter than Love. Love went 8-for-10 from long range, tying the second-most made 3-pointers in a quarter in National Basketball Association history.

LeBron James recorded his 44th career triple-double with 31 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists, but thought Love owned the night. While Love was white-hot from three-point range, the Cavaliers as a whole were right behind him.

"I didn't know that was the record", he said. "Kev's been doing those outlet passes. I just felt like guys were finding me". The often maligned PF for the Cavaliers delivered his best performance yet as a member of the wine and gold as he scorched the Blazers for 34 points in the first quarter to set the tone.

Cleveland also set a franchise with 20 3-pointers and showed no signs of being rusty in its first game since Friday. "Obviously, we had a huge hot hand", James told reporters of Love. "We simply must be better and compete better".

Cleveland led 46-31 after the initial period. The Cavaliers made 20 of 43 3-point attempts and have made at least 10 3-pointers in every game this season.

"To get 34 points on this team, it says a lot", said Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue. "When we shoot the ball like this we're hard to beat". Reserve Frank Kaminsky had 13 points and eight rebounds but the Hornets lost their third straight game after starting the season 8-3. The big three will lead this game again. Mavericks G Deron Williams returned to the lineup after missing eight games with a strained left calf.

Cavs forward Channing Frye did not play following the death of his father, Thomas, on Friday (AEDT). Love explained how he was able to gain momentum during the first quarter. That honour is held by the Golden State Warriors' Klay Thompson. Cleveland's 137 points were easily the most the Blazers have allowed all season and the most Portland had allowed in a regulation game since giving up 146 to Denver in 1989.

Not only have the Mavericks been riddled by injuries, their recent schedule has added to the problems. New Orleans shot 54 percent (45 of 83). Ball movement has been hit and miss with the Cavaliers so far this season.