Friday, February 23, 2018
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Cavs hit record 25 3s in romp

CLEVELAND — J.R. Smith made seven 3-pointers and the Cavaliers hit an NBA-record 25 3s in a 123-98 runaway win over the Hawks on Wednesday night in Game 2 of their second-round series.

The Cavs made 18 3-pointers in the first half and added seven after halftime to embarrass the Hawks, who have lost 10 straight postseason games to Cleveland.

Cleveland's 25 3s in 45 attempts were the most in any game, regular or postseason. Ten Cavs players made at least one 3.

LeBron James made four 3s and scored 27 for the defending Eastern Conference champions. Even their furry mascot, Moondog, got in on the act by making an over-the-head, backward fling from halfcourt on his first try in the final minutes.

Reserve Dahntay Jones made the record-breaking 24th 3 with 2:24 left, bettering the mark held by the Magic (2009) and Rockets (2013). Mo Williams added another 3 for good measure.

Smith made six 3-pointers in the first half — the Cavs sank seven straight during one stretch — as Cleveland built a 38-point lead over the stunned Hawks, who host Game 3 on Friday.

There was little Atlanta defenders could do against the Cavs, who stood behind the line, took aim and dropped shot after shot after shot.

After making his team's 16th 3 in the first half, the easygoing Smith skipped back on defense like a kid on a playground as Cleveland's towel-waving fans danced with delight.

By halftime, the Cavs were up by 36 and within three 3-pointers of the postseason record of 21 set by the Warriors on April 24. At that point, the Hawks posted on their official Twitter account, "If you take away their 3s, we're right in this."

Cleveland went past Golden State's record when Irving hit a 3 with 5:06 left in the third quarter. The sellout crowd was still chanting "Let's Go Cavs!" with Cleveland leading by 40.

Cavaliers 123, Hawks 98

ATLANTA (98): Bazemore 1-7 3-3 5, Millsap 4-8 7-8 16, Horford 3-7 2-2 10, Korver 3-7 0-0 7, Teague 3-10 8-9 14, Scott 0-0 2-2 2, Sefolosha 4-4 0-0 10, Schroder 2-5 0-0 5, Hardaway Jr. 1-5 1-2 4 Muscala 4-5 0-0 10, Humphries 4-8 4-4 12, Hinrich 1-4 0-0 3, Patterson 0-1 0-0 0. Totals 30-71 27-30 98.

CLEVELAND (123): James 9-15 5-9 27, Love 3-12 2-2 11, Thompson 1-5 3-4 5, Smith 8-14 0-0 23, Irving 5-9 5-6 19, Shumpert 3-3 0-0 7, Jefferson 3-3 0-0 8, Dellavedova 1-7 0-0 3, Frye 5-7 1-2 12, Mozgov 0-1 0-0 0, Williams 2-5 0-0 5, J. Jones 0-4 0-0 0, D. Jones 1-2 0-0 3. Totals 41-87 16-23 123.

Atlanta 20 18 32 28— 98

Cleveland 35 39 32 17— 123

3-Point GoalsAtlanta 11-27 (Horford 2-3, Sefolosha 2-2, Hinrich 1-2, Korver 1-2, Millsap 1-2, Schroder 1-3, Hardaway Jr. 1-4, Humphries 0-1, Patterson 0-1, Teague 0-2, Bazemore 0-3), Cleveland 25-45 (Smith 7-13, Irving 4-5, James 4-6, Love 3-4, Jefferson 2-2, Shumpert 1-1, D. Jones 1-2, Dellavedova 1-3, Frye 1-3, Williams 1-4). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsAtlanta 40 (Millsap 11), Cleveland 43 (Love 13). AssistsAtlanta 18 (Teague 6), Cleveland 27 (Dellavedova 6, Irving 6). Total FoulsAtlanta 23, Cleveland 22. A20,562.

BOSH RULED OUT: Chris Bosh's season is officially over, regardless of how far the Heat advances this postseason. The Heat and Bosh made the announcement after the team practiced in Toronto, ending rampant speculation that Bosh, 32, would try to return to the court during the playoffs. Bosh has not played since the All-Star break after a blood clot was discovered in his left leg.

LATE TUESDAY: Klay Thompson scored 27 and gave Golden State its first lead on a 3-pointer with 5:33 left, and the host Warriors rallied to beat the Trail Blazers 110-99 for a 2-0 lead in their West semifinal series. "It started with how focused we were in that fourth," Thompson said. "We've been down and out before. … We were just locked in on both sides of the ball. We can build on this game. That effort there in the fourth quarter is what it's going to take to beat this team."

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