Cavaliers settle for second-best, which is plenty good enough

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This was the Cleveland Cavaliers at their very best. Or, to put it another way, at their very second-best.

That was especially so in the first quarter, in which they shot 85 percent, making 17-of-20 shots. And it’s not like they were easy shots.

The 85 percent shooting was the second-best field-goal shooting in a quarter this season. The Cavaliers hold the top spot too, having shot 86.7 percent against the Rockets on Nov. 1.

The Cavaliers ended up making their first 10 3-point tries, the second-best streak to start a game this season. The Thunder made their first 12 3-pointers on Feb. 28 against the Jazz.

The Cavaliers’ 44 points tonight in the first quarter is their second-highest scoring quarter of the season. They scored 46 in the first quarter against the Trail Blazers on Nov. 23.

For the game, the Cavaliers shot a season-high 59.7 percent from the field and 63 percent from 3-point range (19-of-30). The last time they shot that well from the field was when they made 60.5 percent of their shots against the Grizzlies on Dec. 21, 2014. The last time they shot that well from 3-point range was a little less than a month after that -- on Jan. 14, 2014 against the Lakers, when they shot 76.5 percent (13-of-17).

Nine different Cavaliers attempted more than one field goal in this game. All nine shot 50 percent or better.

All about LeBron

LeBron James had his 10th triple-double of the season, matching his total from his previous five seasons combined. He’s the first player in Cavaliers history to have 10 in a season. What was distinct about this one was that he did it quickly. James played 28:24, the fewest minutes he has played in a triple-double.

Elias Sports Bureau research shows that this is the first season in NBA history to have three players with at least 10 triple-doubles (Russell Westbrook, James Harden and James).

State of the 3-point shot

The Cavaliers have now made 878 3-pointers this season, two shy of their total from 2016-17.

Kyrie Irving’s four (on four attempts) gave him 144, 60 more than he had last season (in six more games). Irving is shooting 38.7 percent from 3-point range.

If Irving shot what he shot last season on 3-pointers (32.1 percent), he’d have made only 119.

Six of the seven Cavaliers who took more than one 3-pointer shot at least 50 percent from 3-point range for the game. The only one who didn’t was James, who was 0-of-2.

Regardless, James is shooting 38.5 percent from the season, which would be the second-best percentage of his career, topped only by his 40.6 percent with the Heat in 2012-13.