Cleveland Cavaliers not looking too far ahead despite record-setting night

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The Cleveland Cavaliers broke an NBA record - previously set at 21 by the Golden State Warriors - as they hit 25 three-pointers during a 123-98 rout of the Atlanta Hawks.

For most of the night, it seemed like Cleveland could not miss from behind the arc. The Cavs drilled eight threes in the first frame, setting the franchise record for made baskets from downtown in a single quarter.

The record-setting did not stop there.

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Cleveland also knocked down 18 three-pointers by halftime, which set the NBA record for the most in a half of NBA basketball. They got that record by reaching a new landmark for the most shot from behind the arc in a postseason quarter.

There was a whole lot of history on display at the Quicken Loans Arena. Mike Budenholzer and his team were reduced to mere spectators. The shooting display had to be demoralising in this game for the Hawks.

Coach Budenholzer said of Cleveland's display: “They’re moving the ball, they’re making the extra pass and they’re making shots.”

He was just reiterating what almost all of us know for certain, that was about as good a game of basketball as most people will ever see. 

Then there was LeBron James. A man who is no stranger to the NBA history books. He ended the contest with 27 points on 60 percent shooting, four rebounds and five assists.

He also passed NBA great Robert Horry for eighth place in career playoff field goals (261) with his first three. James even managed to pass Tim Duncan (5,146) in fifth place in all-time playoff scoring with one of his triples.

J.R. Smith contributed exactly what you would expect him to contribute - shooting. He nailed seven attempts from deep and ended the contest with 23 points. His fingerprints are all over this series as he is shooting 53 percent from behind the arc and playing stellar defence on Kyle Korver.

Cleveland head coach, Tyronn Lue, talked about Smith’s performance: “He has a beautiful shot and when he’s making shots it becomes contagious. When he’s making shots like that, it’s hard for us to get beat.”

Lue might be on to something. For one night, the entire Cleveland roster caught three-point fever. The fans even got in on the act once they realised the record was in reach. 

The home crowd erupted when Dahntay Jones hit the triple that gave the Cavaliers a place in the record books.

Some nights are just special in the NBA. But a bigger challenge lies ahead for the Cavaliers in game three. As Smith said: “I’m glad it happened, but we just can’t settle and we have to keep moving on.”

Next stop, Atlanta.

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