The Cleveland Cavaliers are making a habit of getting off to strong starts and never looking back. After Kevin Love's incredible shooting performance in the first 12 minutes against the Portland Trail Blazers - where he broke all kinds of NBA records on his way to 34 points - Kyrie Irving had his own special night.
Cleveland romped to a comfortable victory over NBA-worst Dallas Mavericks at the Quicken Loans Arena, and the Melbourne-born point guard showed no signs of a Thanksgiving hangover as he shot a perfect 7-7 in the opening quarter.
Irving was locked in, knocking down three three-pointers in those seven shots, and provided the basis for the defending champions to notch their 12th victory of the new campaign.
The Olympic gold medal winner would go on to make his first 10 shots and finish with 25 points - 21 coming in the first half - as the Wine and Gold won by 38 points.
Irving's four baskets from deep, along with seven from Kevin Love, three from James Jones, two from LeBron James in his 1,000th regular season game and one apiece from JR Smith, Iman Shumpert, Richard Jefferson and Mike Dunleavy helped Cleveland set a new NBA record as they notched back-to-back games with 20 threes.
The champions mean business.