Given the 3-point revolution in the NBA, you would think that Stephen Curry, Klay Thompson, and another Golden State Warriors player have had at least a game where they combined for at least 22 3-pointers. Surprisingly enough, they have yet to pull that off, and we now know this because, as it turns out, the Cleveland Cavaliers are the first team ever in NBA history to have three players knocking down together 22 threes in a game during the Cavs’ 121-108 home win Sunday over the visiting New York Knicks.
Via ESPN Stats & Info:
“In the Cavaliers’ win today, Donovan Mitchell and Kevin Love each made 8 threes, and Dean Wade chipped in with 6 of his own. Their 22 combined 3-pointers are the most by a trio of teammates in a game in NBA history.”
The Cavs downright sizzled from behind the arc against the Knicks, whose defense was stretched to the limit by Cleveland’s excellent outside shooting. Cleveland ended the game with 23 3-pointers on 50 attempts for a 46 percent success rate. More than half of the Cavs’ makes from the field (41) came via 3-pointers. Outside of Mitchell, Love, and Wade, the only other Cavs player with a 3-pointer versus the Knicks was Cedi Osman, who went 1-for-6 from deep.
So far this season, the Cavs are third overall in the NBA with 14.7 3-pointers per game. They rank even higher in terms of accuracy, as they are No. 1 in the league with a 42.7 percent shooting from long range. That figure is hard to sustain and will likely come down sooner than later, but expect the Cavs to strike while it’s hot, so to speak.