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J.R. Smith's hot shooting night sees him break Cavaliers franchise record

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J.R. Smith took just over five minutes of Tuesday night's game against the Milwaukee Bucks to set a new Cleveland Cavaliers franchise record.

In knocking down three three-pointers with 6:38 still left on the clock in the first quarter, the Cavs guard surpassed Wesley Person to set a new franchise record for most made three-point shots in a single season.

Person, who played for Cleveland between 1997 and 2002, had held the record since the 1997-98 NBA season when he racked up 193 three-point field goals. Finishing last night's 108-80 win over the Bucks with seven made shots from beyond the arc, Smith now leads the way with 197.

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Smith has always been a prolific three-point shooter and, prior to this year, had finished with at least 149 made threes in seven of his 11 seasons in the NBA. 

The 197 he has to date in 2015-16, however, is a career high, while his .400 shooting percentage from downtown is just 0.03% shy of his best - set in the 2007-08 season with the Denver Nuggets.

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Breaking the Cavaliers franchise record was clearly something Smith had on his mind heading into last night's road game against Milwaukee. 

According to Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue, the veteran guard called that he'd surpass Person in the first quarter before the game had begun.

The record is a nice thing to have on Smith's CV but, while it might be a new standard at the Cavs, it doesn't quite stand up against his peers across the league.

The 30-year-old's 197 made three-pointers are good enough for just seventh on the list of made threes in 2015-16.

Five players - Paul George (202), Kyle Lowry (203), James Harden (211), Damian Lillard (220) and Klay Thompson (266) - are already above the 200 mark, while Stephen Curry has almost doubled Smith's achievement having knocked down a phenomenal 382 three-pointers through the Warriors' 69 games so far.

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Regardless, Smith's long-range shooting has become an important part of the Cavs' offense as they prepare for the 2016 playoffs. In fact, it seems to be catching on with the rest of his teammates.

Against the Bucks, Cleveland recorded 18 three-pointers - tying their high for the season.

Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving both had three apiece, while Channing Frye and James Jones both finished with two. LeBron James rounded things off with a single three-point shot of his own on route to a 17 point night.

Considering the way the game is going at present, with the three-point shot taking on such importance, you wouldn't bet against similar records at other franchises tumbling in the next few seasons.

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Eastern Conference
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