Cavs, Hawks Tie Record for Combined 3-Pointers in Playoff Game

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMay 7, 2016

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 06:  Channing Frye #9 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after hitting a three-point basket against the Atlanta Hawks in Game Three of the Eastern Conference Semifinals during the 2016 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 6, 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.  NOTE TO USER User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Kevin C. Cox/Getty Images)
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The Cleveland Cavaliers and Atlanta Hawks combined to make 37 three-point shots in Friday's Game 3 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals, tying the NBA record for most three-pointers made in a single playoff game, per ESPN Stats & Info.

The record was originally set by the Golden State Warriors and Houston Rockets during Game 4 of last season's Western Conference Finals, with Golden State sinking 20 and Houston 17 in the only contest the Rockets won during the series.

The Cavs were responsible for 21 of the 37 treys in Friday's contest, led by forwards Channing Frye (seven) and Kevin Love (five), as well as guard Kyrie Irving (four).

The Hawks had just one player make more than two three-pointers, with guard Kyle Korver (five) providing a spark from the bench after starting the first two games of the series.

Although the switch worked out from an individual perspective, the Hawks still fell into a 3-0 series hole that will be all but impossible to climb out of.

The biggest issue has been Atlanta's inability to stop Cleveland from beyond the arc, with the Cavs having set an NBA single-game record (regular season or playoffs) by making 25 three-pointers in Wednesday's Game 2.

Cleveland only made 15 three-pointers in Game 1, but they needed just 31 attempts to get there in a highly efficient performance.

The Cavs have remarkably converted 53 percent (61 out of 115) of their three-point attempts in the series, while the Hawks have sunk a still-impressive 40 percent (38 of 95).