NBA: Cavaliers break 3-point regular-season record, Spurs beat Pelicans in overtime

(REUTERS) - The Cleveland Cavaliers, who have made at least 10 three-pointers in their last 13 games, made a record-breaking 25 of them in a 135-130 National Basketball Association win over the Atlanta Hawks on Friday (March 3).

The new mark surpasses the regular-season benchmark of 24 set by the Houston Rockets against Orlando last December, although the Cavs did make 25 three-pointers against the Hawks in last year's play-offs.

Kyrie Irving and LeBron James combined for 81 points to lead the effort. Irving made five three-pointers and scored 43 points. James had six three-pointers and scored 38.

The record-setting trey was made by Kyle Korver, a former Hawks player, with 1min 17sec left. Not only did it break the record, it also enabled the Cavaliers to withstand a furious Atlanta rally.

Cleveland led by as many as 25 points in the second half, but Atlanta cut the margin to one point on a bucket by Paul Millsap with 1:32 remaining.

In New Orleans, Kawhi Leonard scored a team-high 31 points and Patty Mills nailed a pair of critical three-pointers in overtime to lift the San Antonio Spurs to their sixth straight win, defeating the New Orleans Pelicans 101-98.

The Pelicans scored the first five points of overtime to lead 94-89 but the Spurs responded with eight points in the next 58 seconds to take the lead for good.