The second half did not fare well for the Mavs who were down by as much as 45 points. If this will happen, it will be the third time in a row that both team will face in the NBA Finals.
Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) shoots against Portland Trail Blazers forward Meyers Leonard (11) in the third quarter at Quicken Loans Arena.
Love made eight 3-pointers in the quarter, setting franchise records for points and 3s in a period, and finished with a season-high 40 points. He dropped eight 3-pointers and scored 34 points - in the first quarter alone.
Irving is off to a strong start this season, as he is averaging 23.7 points to go along with 5.1 assists and 3.2 rebounds per game this season. Leonard is averaging 24.8 points per game this season, and is quickly becoming one of the best two-way players in the National Basketball Association.
"I don't really want to talk about it", Lue said. It's up to him. "I went over and told him, 'Whatever you're doing, wherever you're at right now, just stay right there". Unsurprisingly, they are also the worst rebounding team in the league with 40.5 rpg.
According to the Elias Sports Bureau, it's the first time since April 10, 1977, where two players scored at least 40 points and another had a 30-point triple-double. Cleveland led 36-16 after one quarter and was ahead 68-28 late in the second.
"It was a terrible performance by us and a great performance by them", Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. None of them played the fourth quarter.
"As our health gets better, we're going to have a chance to make it better", Mavericks coach Rick Carlisle said. "When we shoot the ball like this we're hard to beat". Cleveland's 137 points were easily the most the Blazers have allowed all season and the most Portland had allowed in a regulation game since giving up 146 to Denver in 1989.
"I'm shooting the shots that are there, not hesitating and catching a rhythm", he said. He is averaging 21.8 points and 10.8 rebounds per game on 44 percent shooting from the field.
Dirk Nowitzki scored 15 points, Seth Curry scored 13 off the bench and Andrew Bogut grabbed 11 rebounds for the Mavericks, who lost their eighth straight game.
Mavericks guard Deron Williams (strained left calf) returned after missing the last four games.
Love was 1 for 6 and scored six points the rest of the game, all in the third quarter. Frye's mother died less than a month ago. He slapped hands with the fan during the next stoppage of play.
The Mavericks, meanwhile, have been reeling from injuries and are in the midst of a brutal stretch in the schedule. Meanwhile Dallas heads into the matchup with the longest active losing streak in the league at seven losses. Ball movement has been hit and miss with the Cavaliers so far this season.