Love’s 34 in 1st quar­ter set NBA mark


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

Cleve­land also set a fran­chise with 20 3-point­ers and showed no signs of be­ing rusty in its first game since Fri­day.

Love fell three points short of the league record for points in any quar­ter, set by the War­riors’ Klay Thomp­son, who scored 37 in the third on Jan. 23, 2015.

Love, who set a team record for points in a pe­riod, made 11 of 14 field-goal at­tempts, in­clud­ing eight of 10 on 3-point­ers in the first quar­ter. He made his first six shots with five 3-point­ers.

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 as­sist list. Damian Lil­lard scored 40 points for Port­land. Cleve­land, which made its first nine 3-point­ers, led 46-31 af­ter one quar­ter and scored 81 points in the first half.

Alex Len (Mary­land) had 17 points and 12 re­bounds and Eric Bled­soe added 16 points in the Suns’ 92-87 vic­tory over the host Magic.

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