Last night, the Cleveland Cavaliers set a new record for most 3-point shots made in a single game, with 25. Their aerial barrage destroyed the Atlanta Hawks, propelling them to a 123-98 victory and a 2-0 series lead in the Eastern Conference semifinals.
The JumboTron at Quicken Loans Arena informed the crowd when the Cavs got close, and when Dahntay Jones hit the record-breaker, they erupted.
The regular season record for threes in a game was 23, set by the Orlando Magic in 2009 and tied by the Houston Rockets in 2013.
Apparently, some Hawks players resented being embarrassed by the Cavs’ piling on, but their perimeter (lack of) defense was a major factor in their beat-down. TNT analyst Charles Barkley later commented that the Hawks needed to “take somebody out” to punish the Cavs and set the tone for Game 3.
The onslaught had to lower the Hawks’ morale. The Cavs were deadly from downtown. Ten of their players had at least one three. J. R. Smith led the way with 7 for 13 and even LeBron James hit four 3’s.
The Hawks will need a better defensive effort in Games 3 and 4 if they hope to extend the series.