Cavs set mark beyond the arc

Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James driving to the basket during their 128-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association on Friday. He finished the game with 19 points and 11 assists.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward LeBron James driving to the basket during their 128-90 victory over the Dallas Mavericks in the National Basketball Association on Friday. He finished the game with 19 points and 11 assists.PHOTO: REUTERS

Cleveland are first to score 20 3-pointers for 2 straight games in the NBA regular season

CLEVELAND (Ohio) • The Cleveland Cavaliers created a National Basketball Association (NBA) regular-season record on Friday by becoming the first team to score 20 three-pointers in back-to-back games.

They made 21 on Wednesday in racking up 137 points in a lopsided win over the Portland Trail Blazers.

And on Friday they piled on 20 more in a 128-90 rout of the Dallas Mavericks.

According to BasketballReference.com, there had been only 25 games in league history in which a team made 20 or more three-pointers in a game before Friday.

The Golden State Warriors accomplished the feat seven times last season but never in back-to-back games.

The Cavaliers had consecutive 20 three-pointer games against the Atlanta Hawks last season in the play-offs, making a combined 46 in the second and third games of their 4-0 series sweep.

They have now recorded 10 or more three-pointers in 14 consecutive games and made at least seven three-pointers in 54 straight games dating to last season, an NBA record.

"We were making 11, 12 or 13 threes (per game), but I thought that we could shoot better," Cavaliers coach Tyronn Lue said.

"The last couple of games the guys have been shooting well."

Kevin Love scored 27 points and grabbed 10 rebounds, while Kyrie Irving collected 25 points. LeBron James had 19 points and 11 assists and Tristan Thompson scored 11 points and grabbed 12 rebounds.

None of them played the fourth quarter for the Cavaliers in a game that was long over by half-time.

Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 points, Seth Curry scored 13 off the bench and Andrew Bogut grabbed 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who lost their eighth straight game.

It is Dallas' longest losing streak since they lost 15 in a row during the 1997-98 season.

The Cavaliers are averaging 14 three-pointers per game this season and shooting 40 per cent as a team, tied with the San Antonio Spurs for best in the league.

Cleveland also average 35 three-point attempts per game, second to the Houston Rockets, who average 36.

"That's what we're capable of. Obviously people are going to look at the way we're shooting the three-ball right now," James said.

"But defensively we have also stepped it up more now. That's the good thing for me, what I like to see."

REUTERS, AGENCE FRANCE-PRESSE

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 27, 2016, with the headline 'Cavs set mark beyond the arc'. Print Edition | Subscribe