Sports Briefing: Kevin Love’s Hot Start Sends Cavaliers Over the Trail Blazers


Boys in Srinagar, the summer capital of Indian Kashmir, playing cricket under the Chinar trees of Nishat Garden.

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Kevin Love scored 40 points, including 34 to set an N.B.A. first quarter-record; LeBron James had his 44th career triple-double; and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the visiting Portland Trail Blazers, 137-125, on Wednesday night.

Love fell 3 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 made 11 of 14 field-goal attempts, including 8 of 10 3-point shots, in the first quarter.

James had 31 points, 10 rebounds and 13 assists for his second triple-double of the season. Damian Lillard scored 40 points for Portland, including 25 in the second half. Love missed the only shot he took in the second quarter, scored 6 points in the third and was scoreless again in the fourth. He made 12 of 20 shots over all, including 8 of 12 from 3-point range.

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