Kevin Love was eating like it was already Thanksgiving, and LeBron was happily dishing him up.
Love scored 34 points in the first quarter Wednesday against the Portland Trail Blazers — the second-highest quarter in NBA history — hitting 8 of 10 threes. Love outscored the Blazers singlehandedly as the Cavs led 46-31 after the first quarter, and they pushed the halftime lead to 81-60 without Love scoring in the second quarter.
His 34 points set an NBA record for a first quarter and matched the most points he’d scored as a Cav, which he accomplished last season. He added six in the third quarter and finished with 40 points, 11 shy of his career high, as the Cavs cruised to a 137-125 victory.
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Damian Lillard also finished with 40, James had a triple-double (31 points, 10 rebounds, 13 assists) and the Cavs set a franchise record with 21 three-pointers.