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LeBron's rain of clutch 3s keeps Cavs cruising

From ESPN - December 6, 2017

CLEVELAND -- LeBron James was on each of the previous two Cavaliers teams to win 13 consecutive games, in 2009 and 2010. And he was the hero again in Wednesday's 101-95 victory over the Sacramento Kings to give the current Cavs their 13th straight triumph, tying the franchise record he helped set years ago.

Only this time around, he's doing more of his damage from beyond the 3-point arc, punctuating his improved shooting this season with a trey with 16.6 seconds left to grow the Cavs' lead from 2 to 5 and effectively end the Kings' night.

The 3 was James' fifth of the night. He went 5-for-8 from deep -- even better than his sharpshooting teammate Kyle Korver, who went 4-for-8 -- to lift his 3-point shooting average to 43.0 percent for the season, a career high. The previous best mark for the 15-year veteran was 40.6 percent in 2012-13 with the Miami Heat. When the Cavs were off to those win streaks in 2009 and 2010, James shot 34.4 and 33.3 percent from deep, respectively.

"I just wanted to continue to improve my game," James said of his increased marksmanship this season. "I try to get better and better each and every year, and shooting the ball is what this league has kind of turned into, so for me to continue to improve, that's what I wanted to do. I put a lot of work into my offseason training and I just try to implement it into the season once it gets here."

Two-time MVP Stephen Curry, widely credited for the 3-point revolution that the entire NBA has embraced, is shooting 38.1 percent from 3 this season, for comparison's sake.

It was James' ninth game this season with three made 3s or more out of 25 games. Last season, James hit three 3s or more 17 times in 74 games.

His dagger 3 on Wednesday came on the same playcall that freed James up for a game-winning 21-foot corner jumper in Game 4 of the 2015 Eastern Conference semifinals against the Chicago Bulls to knot the series 2-2.

That play, which James revealed came to be after he "scratched" the original plan that former Cavs coach David Blatt had drawn up with 1.5 seconds left that would have had James passing the ball in from underneath the hoop rather than shooting it, has since been dubbed "Chicago" by the Cavs' coaching staff.

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