LeBron James and the Cavaliers find new ways to win every time they play.
Friday, the defending champs beat the Hawks 135-130 in a thrilling contest between two future playoff teams. The Cavs made 25 3-pointers, setting an NBA record for most in a regular-season game.
It’s the second time Cleveland has hit 25 3-pointers in a game, the first time came in the postseason, also against the Hawks.
James led the way with a monster game, scoring 38 points with 13 rebounds and eight assists. Kyrie Irving also went off. The crafty point guard added 43 points, nine assists and four steals.
Atlanta was in a deep hole entering the fourth quarter but stormed back by outscoring Cleveland 42-29 in the final quarter, but it wasn’t enough to upend the Cavs.
Tim Hardaway Jr. led the Hawks with 36 points off the bench. This is the first game this season that featured three 35-plus point scorers.
Damian Lillard scored 33 points with five rebounds in a 112-103 win over the Magic. The Trail Blazers point guard rebounded from two brutal shooting efforts before the All-Star break. It was his first 30-point game since the end of January.
The Pistons put nearly everyone in their starting lineup on the trading block this week, including shooting guard Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, but the former lottery pick stayed in Detroit and helped the Pistons beat the Hornets 114-108 in overtime by pouring in 33 points.
Pelicans’ plan for the future: DeMarcus Cousins and Anthony Davis had monster games while losing 129-99 to the Rockets, but no one else on the team did anything. Davis led the way with 29 points and nine rebounds, and Cousins added 27 points with 14 rebounds, five assists and five steals. Newly acquired Omri Casspi was the only other player in double-figures with 14 points, but he is out 4-6 weeks Cheap Jerseys In Bulk with Cheap Jerseys From China Free Shipping a broken thumb.