Kevin Love must have woken up on the right side of the bed Wednesday morning, because by the time he suited up to play the Trail Blazers, he was feeling it!
Love started the game on fire, dropping threes from all over the court. By midway through the first quarter, he was already 6-for-6 from behind the arc. By the end of the quarter, he was 8-for-10 and had racked up a ridiculous 34 points — and the game has barely started.
Love would cool down after that, finishing the game with 40 points, eight rebounds, three assists, and a single block and steal, respectively. We went a perfect 8-for-8 from the free throw line. The game was never really in question after that opening frame though, so it’s understandable that Love took is easy. Cleveland lead by 21 at the half, and only a late game surge by Portland brought the final score of 137-125 anywhere close to respectable.
Love came three points shy of tying the record for most points in an NBA quarter, which was set by Klay Thompson in January 2015 when he dropped 37 on the Sacremento Kings in the third quarter, going 9-for-9 from behind the arc.