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The Cleveland Cavaliers' J.R. Smith shoots 3-pointers. Often effectively, sometimes indiscriminately, but not always exclusively ... until Sunday, when all three of those factors converged for the most J.R. Smith game of all time.
In a 99-94 win over the Chicago Bulls, Smith had the following box score:
Yes, that's 17 3-point attempts without shooting a 2. And that's an NBA record:
J.R. Smith has attempted 17 3-point shots, 0 2-pointers - an NBA record for most 3-pointers w/o a 2 (#Elias). (He's made 8.)— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) April 5, 2015
The previous record, according to Elias, was 13, done three times before (Ryan Anderson in 2012-13, Voshon Lenard in 1996-97 and Mookie Blaylock in 1995-96).
Smith also contributed to LeBron James' first triple-double in more than a year, knocking down five 3s from James passes.
Oh, and one of Smith's eight 3-point makes was this halftime buzzer-beater from 40 feet:
In short: Cleveland is probably happy it acquired Smith from the New York Knicks this season.
After missing a pair of free throws late in the Cavaliers' 105-103 overtime loss to the Rockets on Sunday, LeBron James posted this introspective mirror selfie to Instagram:
What was running through LeBron's mind? SportsNation sparked a #LeBronMirrorThoughts trend to answer that question. Possibilities include:I still don't understand the color of #TheDress:
LeBron James is too old for the dunk contest? The King said it, but Marcellus Wiley is crying foul.
Before and after their game Monday, the Atlanta Hawks and Minnesota Timberwolves traded barbs on Twitter via Spotify playlists.
Naturally, this started a trend, as LeBron James and Dwyane Wade made their own playlists for each other before the Miami Heat visited the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night. And although these* were shared privately, our sources within the NBA leaked them to us.
Here they are:
*Note: Playlists might not be real.
Kyrie Irving is already doing good things with the new-look Cleveland Cavaliers. But whatever, we knew that was coming.
This Nerf dunk, though?
IMPRESSIVE. I mean, it's Nerf, so who knows how high up that hoop is. Also, while the pass from teammate/fellow New Jerseyan (and Florida Gators guard) Eli Carter was sweet, poor friend/stranded defender Jux Jones had no chance on that 2-on-1.
Still, something tells us we might see something like this a time or two at the Q this year. Not with a Nerf ball, though. That would be illegal.