August 21, 2014

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Cavs: Miles sets record with 10 3-pointers

CLEVELAND — C.J. Miles went where no Cavaliers player had ever gone.

The left-hander broke a team record and came within two of tying the NBA mark by making 10 3-pointers Tuesday in Cleveland’s impressive 111-93 win over the Philadelphia 76ers.

Cleveland’s C.J. Miles shoots a 3-pounter against the 76ers. (AP PHOTO)

Cleveland’s C.J. Miles shoots a 3-pounter against the 76ers. (AP PHOTO)

Miles, who finished with a season-high 34 points and also broke a franchise record with 14 3-point attempts, had shared the team mark of eight 3-pointers in a game with Danny Ferry, Wesley Person and LeBron James.

“(The hoop) looked as big as it can get,” said Miles, who made his first six attempts from long range. “I got some clean looks. I’m still mad at myself. A couple of them I missed, I felt like I should have made.”

The outgoing swingman also tied Brooklyn’s Joe Johnson for most 3-pointers made in a game this season. The all-time league mark is 12, shared by the Los Angeles Lakers’ Kobe Brant (Jan. 7, 2003) and Toronto’s Donyell Marshall (March 13, 2005).

Miles might have made a run at the latter, too, but the Cavs (12-23), who led by as many as 31, were dismantling the Sixers (12-23) so badly he exited to a standing ovation from the 13,344 fans at Quicken Loans Arena with 7:07 left in the fourth quarter.

“His performance shooting the ball was fun to watch,” Cleveland coach Mike Brown said. “The neatest part about it was guys were finding him at the right time and he was stepping in and knocking them down.”

It was a great night all the way around for the Cavs, who acquired small forward Luol Deng from Chicago in the early morning hours for Andrew Bynum and draft picks.

Deng is scheduled to arrive in town this morning, but his absence didn’t prevent the Cavs from winning in style as they prepare to start a five-game road trip Friday in Utah.

Center Anderson Varejao had 18 points and 14 rebounds in 26 minutes, point guard Kyrie Irving had 16 points and eight assists in 30 minutes after missing the previous three games with a bruised knee, power forward Tristan Thompson had 12 points and 10 boards in 29 minutes and backup guard Dion Waiters had 12 points, four rebounds and a career-high eight assists in 28 minutes.

The story of the night, however, was Miles, who shot the lights out at The Q on a night when the Cavs had 21 assists on 27 first-half field goals and finished with a season-high 29 helpers.

“We called his number quite a bit tonight,” Brown said. “He looked really good whether we called his number or he was just playing basketball.”

Miles had already tied the franchise record for 3-pointers in a game with eight in the first half as the Cavs raced to a 64-41 lead against the literally defenseless Sixers.

The 24 points the ninth-year pro had at that time were also a season high for a game, and they came on shots launched from more than a combined 90 yards.

Miles tied the club record for threes in a quarter, going 5-for-5 from deep as Cleveland went up 36-20 after one. James (3 times), Mark Price, Steve Kerr and Person also hit five in a period.

Late in the quarter, the 6-foot-6, 231-pounder hit trifectas on three straight possessions, getting those nine points in 80.3 seconds as the Cavs surged to a 36-18 lead with 34.7 seconds remaining in the period.

“They looked for me,” Miles said of his teammates. “Kyrie ran some plays for me; Coach ran some plays for me. All I had to do was be ready.”

After getting a brief rest, the Dallas Skyline High School graduate made it 6-for-6 by knocking another one down to put Cleveland up 50-29 with 6:04 left in the second period.

“How do I get another one?” Miles said when asked what he was thinking at that point. “You feel like all you have to do is get a look at the basket and the next one is going in.”

Miles missed his next two attempts from beyond the arc, but then made two more to break the record of seven in a half held by Person, Trajan Langdon, Damon Jones and Mo Williams.

The team record for 3-point attempts in a game had been 13 and was held by James (3 times), Dan Majerle and Williams.

Tip-ins

Irving said he wore a Duke sweatshirt Tuesday in honor of the Cavs acquiring Deng. Both played under Mike Krzyzewski.

• Irving also spent four days with Deng over the summer at a Basketball Without Borders camp in South Africa.

• Jarrett Jack missed his second straight game due to lower back spasms.

• The Cavs had lost eight of their last nine and 10 of their last 12.

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