J.R. Smith Sets Cavaliers Playoff Record with 8 3-Pointers Made

Bleacher Report MilestonesB/R StaffMay 21, 2015

ATLANTA, GA - MAY 20:  J.R. Smith #5 of the Cleveland Cavaliers reacts after hitting a three pointer in the fourth quarter against the Atlanta Hawks during Game One of the Eastern Conference Finals of the 2015 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena on May 20, 2015 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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Cleveland Cavaliers guard J.R. Smith set a franchise playoff record with his eight three-pointers in Wednesday's 97-89 win over the Atlanta Hawks in Game 1 of the Eastern Conference Finals, per NBA.com/stats.

Accounting for all 28 of his team's bench points, Smith converted 10 of his 16 field-goal attempts, including eight of his 12 shots from beyond the arc. He didn't attempt any free throws, but he did add eight rebounds, three assists, a block and a steal with two turnovers in 36 minutes.

Cavaliers forward LeBron James, who scored a game-high 31 points Wednesday night, previously held the franchise playoff record of seven three-pointers in a game, having set the mark in April 2006 against the Washington Wizards, per Basketball-Reference.com's play index.

There have been seven instances of a Cavs player making at least six three-pointers in a playoff game, and while James himself is responsible for only two of those, he was still the team's leading scorer in each of the seven games.

The other contributing parties were Kevin Love (April 2015), Mo Williams (May 2009), Wally Szczerbiak (May 2008) and Donyell Marshall (May 2007), each of whom hit exactly six three-pointers.

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