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.