Behind seven made 3-pointers from J.R. Smith, the Cleveland Cavaliers set a new NBA record for 3-pointers made in a game with 25, beating out the previous mark of 23 held by the Orlando Magic (2009) and Houston Rockets (2013).
The new record represents the most made 3-pointers in any regular season or postseason game. The Cavaliers made 18 3-pointers in the first half alone, and followed it up with seven more en route to their 123-98 blowout of the Hawks in Game 2 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals.
LeBron James scored 27 points and added four 3-pointers, while Smith scored 23.
While many of the starters sat on the bench in the fourth quarter, the reserves continued the onslaught of 3’s, with Dahntay Jones breaking the record with the team’s 24th made 3-pointer at the 2:24 mark. Mo Williams added another soon thereafter.
Cleveland finished 25-45 from three, with 10 players hitting at least one.
After the game, James told reporters that Smith has the “ultra green light” when it comes to shooting from anywhere on the floor.
“When he’s making shots, it’s contagious,” said head coach Tyronn Lue.
Cleveland surpassed the Golden State Warriors record for 3-pointers in a playoff game with 21 at the 5:06 mark of the third quarter.
Kyle Korver of the Hawks said that it’s hard to beat the Cavaliers when they shoot the way they did Wednesday night.
“When they put those shots down, I don’t know if anyone can beat them, to be honest,” he said.