Cavs forward Kevin Love came out scorching on Wednesday night against Portland, nearly breaking an NBA record for points in one quarter with 34 in the first period.
Love shot 11–14, including eight threes, against his hometown Trail Blazers, coming close but not eclipsing Klay Thompson’s record of 37 points in a period. The eight three-balls, which came in four minutes, tied his career high in that area. Love set the record for most points ever scored in a first quarter. Thompson set the record on January 24, 2015 in the third quarter against the Kings.
Below is his shot chart for the period.
The Cavaliers led 81–60 at halftime. Love did not score a point and took just one shot in the second quarter, in which he played just five minutes. Cleveland set an NBA record for team three-pointers in one half, finishing with 16. The NBA record for team made threes is 25, which the Cavs set last May during the playoffs against Atlanta.
The NBA record for points in a game belongs to Wilt Chamberlain, who scored 100 in March 1962. The most recent player to come anywhere close was Kobe Bryant, with an 81-point game in 2006.
- Jeremy Woo