The Cleveland Cavaliers played LeBron James’ homecoming game Thursday night at Quicken Loans Arena, but Kevin Love came into the house and made himself comfortable.
Love scored 19 points on 6-of-14 shooting, grabbed 14 rebounds and added four assists in the Cavs’ 95-90 opening night loss in his first regular season game as a Cavalier.
Love, who played for the Minnesota Timberwolves for six seasons, confessed that it was different for him to begin his seventh campaign in a new city and different uniform.
“It was an emotional game. I mentioned it beforehand,” he said. “Everything leading up to this first game put us in spot where it was going to be a chance to go out and perform in front of our home crowd, but we knew it was going to be a different type of energy.”To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: The night began with a confetti toss and ended in bitter disappointment. In between, the cautions of the players and coach David Blatt throughout the preseason of how long it will take the Cavs to figure things out rang true.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points, including a big basket over LeBron James in the final minute and the New York Knicks spoiled James’ reunion celebration with a 95-90 victory Thursday.
A city and team poised for an explosion instead fizzled under the spotlight of opening night. James shot just 5-for-15 and finished with 17 points, five rebounds and eight turnovers in his first game back since announcing on July 11 he was returning to the Cavaliers after four years in Miami.
The arena had the atmosphere of a conference finals contest, but the Knicks took control in the second half behind red-hot shooting, terrific bench play and a stagnant Cavs offense.To read more or comment...
CLEVELAND: The new LeBron James/Nike banner is in place for tonight's season opener. Here is a time lapse video from Sherwin-Williams on the process.
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