Cavs’ Love sets NBA record with 34 points in 1st quarter

Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (0) drives on Portland Trail Blazers' Mason Plumlee (24) during the first half of an NBA basketball game Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Ron Schwane)

CLEVELAND (AP) – Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love set an NBA record for points in a first quarter by scoring 34 on Wednesday against Portland.

Love fell three points shy of the league record for points in any quarter, set by Golden State’s Klay Thompson, who scored 37 in the third on Jan. 23, 2015.

Love, who set a team record for points in a period, made 11 of 14 field goal attempts, including 8 of 10 on 3-pointers. He made his first six shots, including five 3-pointers.

He missed his only shot of the second quarter, playing about the final 6 minutes of the period. The Cavaliers led 81-60 at halftime.

Love scored a career-high 51 points while playing for Minnesota on March 23, 2012. His season high in points was 27. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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