After dropping a close one to the Boston Celtics on Thursday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers cruised into Atlanta and put on a show. The final score (135-130) didn’t really tell the story as the Cavs controlled the game from the second period and set an NBA record for made threes in the process. Cleveland made 25 shots from beyond the arc and did it at an extremely efficient 25/46 for 54.3%. Seven of the nine Cavs players to take the floor made at least two shots from beyond the arc with only Tristan Thompson and Deron Williams declining to launch from three.
Here is all 25 long range bombs in one video:
LeBron James and Kyrie Irving carried the bulk of the offensive workload for Cleveland, which is not at all surprising. James finished with 38 points, 13 rebounds and 8 assists while Irving scorched the Hawks for 42 points, 9 assists and 4 steals. The most surprising event of the evening however came from Kyle Korver who uncharacteristically stuffed a Thabo Sefolosha dunk attempt at the rim.
The Internet is a wonderful place when unusual stuff like this happens and well, Twitter did not disappoint.
man if you get blocked that disrespectfully by Kyle Korver you gotta sit out the rest of the game.
— FearTheSword (@FearTheSword) March 4, 2017
If that wasn’t bad enough for Thabo, later in the game his shot got throat-punched into the stands by LeBron as he took a shot to the dome from Thompson. Rough night at the office for the Swiss small forward.
The Cavs moved to 42-18 maintaining their Eastern Conference lead while the loss continued to leave the Hawks marooned in the 5th seed, wedged three games above Chicago while still trailing Toronto by 2.5 games.