Love missed his only shot in a scoreless second quarter, scored six points in the third and went scoreless again in the fourth. "He's the quarterback. I'm just the receiver". LeBron James had 31 points, 13 assists and 10 rebounds for his 44th career-triple double. "Obviously, we had a huge hot hand", James told reporters of Love.
"We kept looking for Kevin and he kept making shots, but we weren't able to get him to 37".
Love scored 40 points shooting 12-of-20 from the field, including 8-of-12 from 3-point range, and grabbed eight rebounds. He made his first six shots, including five 3-pointers.
Love didn't realize he was closing in on Thompson's milestone. And Kevin Love would open the night in record setting fashion, as the reigning champions tried to craft a forgettable ending to a miserable road trip, for the visitors from the West. "I wasn't really aware of it".
Damian Lillard scored 40 points, passed for 11 assists and grabbed seven rebounds for the Trail Blazers, but was overshadowed by Love's finest performance as a Cavalier. "You can't have that".
LeBron James had 19 points, 11 assists and five rebounds in 29 minutes of action while Tristan Thompson grabbed 12 boards to go along with his 11 points.
Love singlehandedly outscored the entire Trail Blazers team 34-31 during the first quarter as the Cavaliers ran away with a 46-31 lead to end the first period. They have a key addition on their team like Pau Gasol and David Lee which will surely spell trouble for the Cleveland Cavaliers.
In an exchange with the player during the latter stages of the regular season previous year, Lue used some choice words to motivate Love and get him more involved in the team's offence.
If last postseason, and the beginning of this season haven't convinced the naysayer's, I don't think anything will. Love set the record for points in the first quarter by scoring 34.
NEW ORLEANS (AP) - Anthony Davis exuded an unmistakable swagger as he strode slowly toward the charged-up crowd behind the basket where he'd just rolled in an off-balance scoop while being fouled. Love started the game 7-for-7 (including 6-for-6 from 3), as Cleveland built a 15-point lead in the first 4 minutes, 24 seconds.
"We don't have to do anything spectacular, just keep the ball moving". "We simply must play better and compete better".
Dirk Nowitzki, who appeared in only his fifth game of the season because of an injured right Achilles, scored 15 points for Dallas.
"I'm amazed every time at the shots he makes".