LeBron James Misfires as Knicks Spoil Return to CavaliersDex McLuskey
LeBron James had eight turnovers as the New York Knicks won 95-90 to spoil the four-time National Basketball Association Most Valuable Player’s return to the Cleveland Cavaliers.
James hit five of 15 field-goal attempts as he contributed 17 points in his first game back for the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland last night.
“The turnovers kind of got me off-rhythm more than anything,” James told reporters. “I hate turning the ball over, so it’s a pet peeve of mine and eight is definitely something that’s not OK.”
After missing eight of nine field-goal attempts in the first half, James converted a 3-pointer and added a field goal and two points from the free-throw line in the third quarter, after which New York led 67-64. The Knicks took the lead for good at 71-70 with nine minutes, 47 seconds remaining, after which James had two layups and two more points from free throws.
Tickets for James’s return to Cleveland were selling on Oct. 29 for an average of $758 on the resale market, the most for a regular-season game in at least five years.
James, a native of Akron, Ohio, played his first seven NBA seasons in Cleveland before joining the Heat in 2010. Miami reached the NBA Finals in all four of his seasons there, winning two titles, before James returned to Cleveland this offseason.
The Cavaliers, who missed the playoffs with a 33-49 record last season, are favored to win their first NBA title in June, with 5-2 odds from the Westgate Las Vegas SuperBook.
Kyrie Irving led the Cavaliers with 22 points, while Carmelo Anthony had a game-high 25 points for New York.