The scoreboard told a different story.
The Cleveland Cavaliers continued their record-setting shooting by becoming the first team in National Basketball Association history to make 20 three-point field goals in consecutive regular season games.
Love wasn't the only player with 40 points.
"I'm not trying to be nonchalant about it, but sometimes when you're in it you don't necessarily feel it", he said. "It's great", said James. "That was lightning. We just kept giving him the ball and he kept knocking them down".
Kyrie Irving added 18 for Cleveland, hitting three of the Cavaliers' franchise record 20 triples.
Love made eight 3-pointers in the quarter, setting franchise records for points in a quarter and 3s in a quarter, and finished with a season-high 40 points.
"I had a good rhythm, made my first couple of shots", Love said.
Love didn't realize he was closing in on Thompson's milestone.
"I've been in that position quite a lot", said James, who played wide receiver in high school. "I wasn't really aware of it".
For Portland, Damian Lillard matched Love's 40 points to go along with 7 rebounds and 11 assists. He is continuing to get touches at the elbow and in the post, which opens up his whole game and allows his 3-point attempts come naturally through the flow of the offense. "You can't have that". This was his first triple-double of the season. He also passed Guy Rodgers for 17th place on the career assist list.
The Cleveland Cavaliers hit 20 three-pointers in a 128-90 victory over the hapless Dallas Mavericks on Friday night, and in the process became the first team to hit at least 20 treys in back-to-back regular-season games. Love missed his only shot in a scoreless second quarter, scored six points in the third and went scoreless again in the fourth. The forward of the Cleveland Cavaliers Kevin Love won his first NBA Champion title last season.
The Hawks (10-5) bounced back from an 18-point Tuesday night home loss to New Orleans to dominate struggling IN, including 56-37 IN rebounding. Turns out, he was right.Since a road loss against IN, with LeBron James resting, the Cavs have topped Detroit, Portland and Dallas by an average of 16.6 points."We've been talking about it, but I thought our team could shoot better", Lue said Friday.
Dwight Howard had 23 points and 20 rebounds to help Atlanta beat Indiana. He scored 10 points in twenty minutes of action against the Clippers.
Australia's Patty Mills had eight points and four assists for San Antonio. Evan Turner had 17 points off the bench. However, among the disappointment of not having Dirk Nowitzki, Deron Williams, Devin Harris or J.J. Barea healthy, there has been one glowing positive development for the Mavericks this season - the development of Harrison Barnes.