The Cleveland Cavaliers rode Kevin Love’s hot-shooting early and went on to beat the Portland Trail Blazers in blowout win, 137-125 win on Wednesday night. Love had 34 points in the first quarter, an NBA record in the opening quarter of any NBA game.
The Cavs power forward finished with 40 points on 12-of-20 shooting overall including 8-of-12 from the three-point area. Love also finished with 8 rebounds and perfect 8-of-8 from the free throw line.
LeBron James also had a big game of 31 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists. This was LeBron’s 44th triple double in his career and just the second this season.
Kevin Love explosion in the first quarter
Love’s explosion led the Cavaliers to a 46-31 lead after the first quarter. The Trail Blazers never threatened after the opening quarter blitz and fell to 4-6 on the road this season.
The Trail Blazers have lost back-to-back games and five of their last six games.
Lillard matched Love’s out put of 40 points but did not much help on offense. Lillard shot 13-of-21 from the field and had 7 rebounds and 11 assists. Mason Plumlee shot 9-of-10 overall on the way to 19 points.
No defense played in Cleveland
Kevin Love and the Cavaliers were hot all game and already had 112 points after three quarters. There was not much defense for both teams with the Cavs shooting 53.3% as a team while the Blazers were at 52.2%.
Watch Kevin Love destroy the Trail Blazers here:
Video courtesy: YouTube/Ximo Perto
The Cavaliers face the Dallas Mavericks next while the Trail Blazers take on the New Orleans Pelicans.
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