Monday, December 18, 2017
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Love scores 34 in first quarter as Cavs take down Blazers

CLEVELAND — Kevin Love scored 40, including an NBA-record 34 in the first quarter, LeBron James recorded his 44th career triple double, and the Cavaliers beat the Trail Blazers 137-125 Wednesday.

Love fell three shy of the league record for points in any quarter, set by Golden State's Klay Thompson, who scored 37 in the third quarter Jan. 23, 2015.

James had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for his second triple double this season. He also passed Guy Rodgers for 17th place on the career assists list.

Damian Lillard scored 40 for Portland.

Love missed his only shot in a scoreless second quarter, scored six points in the third and was scoreless again in the fourth. It was his first 40-point game since April 14, 2014, with Minnesota.

Game Highlights: Alex Len had 17 points and 12 rebounds and Eric Bledsoe added 16 points in the visiting Suns' 92-87 victory over the Magic. … Kawhi Leonard scored 30 and the visiting Spurs beat the Hornets 119-114 for their seventh straight victory. … Dwight Howard had 23 points and 20 rebounds to help propel the visiting Hawks over the Pacers 96-85. … Isaiah Thomas scored 23, Avery Bradley had 22 and the visiting Celtics beat the Nets 111-92 for their third straight victory. … Andre Drummond had 18 points and 15 rebounds, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope added 22 points and the host Pistons beat the Heat 107-84 to snap a four-game losing streak. … Marc Gasol scored 27 and Mike Conley added 25 as the visiting Grizzlies beat the 76ers 104-99 in double overtime.

Around the league: Lakers point guard D'Angelo Russell is expected to miss at least two weeks after having a platelet-rich plasma injection in his left knee. Russell has missed two of the past three games.

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