During the Cavs 123-98 win over the Hawks in GM2, LeBron and company set a NBA record for 3s made in a game with 25 (18 in the first half!). The previous record of 23 was set in 2009 by the Orlando Magic and 2013 by the Houston Rockets.
“Tonight was a special night for all of us who played,” said James, who had 4 3s in the game. “This league has seen so many great teams, so many great players and great shooters, and for us to set an all-time record is truly special.”
JR Smith connected on 7 of 13, Kyrie Irving 4 of 5, Kevin Love 3 of 4 and even Dahntay Jones got in on the action by making 1 3 (the record tying 3) during his 6 minutes of playing time and then Mo Williams made the record breaking 3 with 2 minutes left in the blowout.
“I don’t think we searched out 3s until we heard on the jumbotron that we were tied for the record and then we felt like we came this far so we might as well try and break it,” James said. “In the first 24 minutes, it just came off of player movement and ball movement.
“We’re not a 3-point shooting team and we don’t want to be labeled that. We’re a well-balanced team that’s capable of making 3s.”
— Atlanta Hawks (@ATLHawks) May 5, 2016
- 25 threes in the game (NBA record for any game regular or post season)
- 18 first half threes (NBA record for any game regular or post season)
- 8 first quarter threes (franchise playoff record)
- J.R. Smith’s 6 threes in the first half (franchise playoff record)
- 74 points in the first half (franchise playoff record)
PISTONS KNOW THE PAIN
This performance came just a couple of weeks after the Cavs made 20 3s – good enough for 2nd all-time in the Playoffs – against the Detroit Pistons.