In the Cavaliers 135-130 win over the Atlanta Hawks in the Phillips Arena on Friday night, the Cavs were scorching hot. They nailed 25 three point shots on just 48 attempts from beyond the arc, which set an #NBA record for the most three-point makes in a regular season game in NBA History. Surpassing the Houston Rockets who made 24 three-pointers in a game in December 2016 against the Nuggets. During the Cavs historic performance, LeBron James led the way, connecting on 6 treys, followed by Kyrie Irving with 5 three-pointers.
Kyle Korver, Channing Frye, Richard Jefferson and Derrick Williams all nailed 3 from beyond the arc and Iman Shumpert chipped in with 2 makes. All these snipers combining to make 25 threes makes us wonder how many the Cavs could've made if Kevin Love and J.R. Smith had not been injured right now, both those guys average around 2.5 threes made per game this season.
The Cavaliers also hold the playoff record
Just last year, in the 2016 NBA playoffs. The #Cleveland Cavaliers set the postseason record for made threes in a game with ironically 25 three-pointers made in game 2, against the #Atlanta Hawks. At this time, this was the most threes ever made in an NBA game since the three-point line was introduced in 1979. The Cavs hit 18 threes in the first half which was an NBA record, and midway through the 3rd quarter passed the previous playoff record set by the Warriors of 21 made threes. And kept hitting treys until number 25 splashed through the net.
Three-point sniper J.R. Smith was the catalyst during that game with 7 three pointers, Irving and LeBron made 4, Love made 3, Richard Jefferson had 2 and five other players knocked down just one triple.
Think about it
There has been over 44,000 regular season and playoff games played since the three-point line was introduced, and only twice has there been a team to hit 25 three-pointers in a single game. Both those instances have come at the hands of the Cavaliers, and both have been against the Atlanta Hawks. There have been 38 years of NBA basketball with a three point line, and in less than one year, the Cavaliers have broken the record twice.