The Cleveland Cavaliers’ Kevin Love scored an incredible 34 points in the first quarter of their NBA game against the Portland Trailblazers last night, setting a new NBA record for points scored in a first quarter.
Love landed all of his first seven shots, including five three-pointers, as the reigning NBA champions secured victory on a scoreline of 137-125. His first-quarter haul alone matches his highest points total in any game for the Ohio franchise – which was secured exactly a year ago in a game against Orlando.
However, Love still falls short of the the most points recorded in any quarter. That honour is held by the Golden State Warriors’ Klay Thompson. The point guard scored 37 points in the third quarter of their game against the Sacramento Kings during the 2015 season.
Kevin Love’s 34 points in the 1st quarter today are the 2nd-most points in any quarter in NBA history.
He’s outscoring the Blazers, 34-31. pic.twitter.com/hkWB6cDY0o
— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) November 24, 2016
Kevin Love scored 34 points, hitting 8 threes in the first quarter??(second most points in a quarter in NBA history) pic.twitter.com/lMBjAI2Txd
— NBA Inside Stuff (@NBAInside_Stuff) November 24, 2016
His Cleveland teammate Lebron James, whose single quarter franchise scoring record Love broke, told ESPN after the game:
“It’s great, I mean, I’ve always loved seeing my teammates catch one of those moments right there and just try to keep him in that zone as much as possible. I went over and told him just whatever you’re doing, wherever you’re at right now, just stay right there. Stay even keel. Whatever you’re thinking about right there, just stay there, because we’re going to keep coming to you.”
The victory means Cleveland remain top of the Eastern Conference standings with an 11-2 record. With a long way to go in the regular season, they will be hoping Love and his teammates can continue their scoring form as they bid to retain the title.