Paul Millsap and Al Horford criticise the Cavaliers for chasing the three-point record

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The Cleveland Cavaliers set an NBA record for the most three-pointers made in a single game - regular season or playoffs - by connecting on 25 in their 123-98 rout of the Atlanta Hawks. 

The crowd at the Quickens Loans Arena were in raptures and the Cavs bench was in joyous mood as the team made history in impressive fashion. 

The atmosphere in the building was electric and those in the arena were in celebratory mood, unless, of course, you were the Atlanta Hawks.

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Mike Budenholzer's team must be sick of playing at the Q after losing their last six games in that gym to go along with a nine-game losing streak against the Cavs. 

With the way the game was going, with Cleveland shooting lights out, the home team sensed that they could break records and were clearly in pursuit of it with the game well and truly beyond the reach of Atlanta. 

The Cavaliers shot 11 times from behind the arc, despite being up by 36 heading into the fourth quarter and this approach by LeBron James and co. didn't go down too well with certain members of the Hawks team.

“It’s a certain way of being a professional,” the Hawks’ Paul Millsap said to “I’m not mad about it, but just being professionals man. If that’s how you want to approach it, that’s how you approach it.

"I think our team and our organisation has class and I don’t think we would have continued to do that, but other organisations do other things so what can you do about it?”

Also speaking to, Hawks center Al Horford added: “We probably wouldn’t do anything like that [if we were in that position], …It’s hard to say, but I would say no.”

In response to the Hawks big men, Cavs head coach Tyronn Lue didn't agree with the notion that his team were being disrespectful to their opponents in any way and instead pointed to the confidence that the Wine and Gold were playing with which led to them chasing the record.

"That's something that the players felt like it was within their grasp, they wanted to go for it," Lue said. "I mean, records are made to be broken, I don't see anything wrong with it. We didn't do anything malicious. We were up 40 points and we got our starters out with four minutes to go in the third quarter.

"We got LeBron [James] out with 2 1/2 minutes to go in the third quarter. So I don't think we did anything to rub it in their face or anything like that. We played the guys who don't get a chance to play a lot and they felt good on the floor and they wanted to go for the record."

The Hawks must certainly make adjustments in game three to slow the Cavaliers down and decrease their shooting percentage from the three-point line or this series is in serious danger of getting away from them.

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