CLEVELAND – The most anticipated season opener in Cleveland sports history did not end well in a Cleveland Cavaliers 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks.
The Good: newly acquired power forward, Kevin Love recorded a double-double in his Cavs debut in scoring 19 points and grabbing 14 rebounds in 38 minutes on 6-of-14 shooting from the field. All-Star point guard, Kyrie Irving led Cleveland with 22 points on 8-of-15 shooting from the field in 43 minutes. New York Knicks small forward, Carmelo Anthony led all scorers with 26 points on 9-of-17 shooting in 34 minutes. New York’s bench outscored Cleveland’s, 41-6 with Jason Smith scoring 12 points on 5-of-6 shooting in 19 minutes and J.R. Smith scoring 11 points on 5-of-10 shooting in 25 minutes.
The Bad: In his first game back as a Cavalier, LeBron James scored 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting from the field in 43 minutes. James also turned the ball over eight times. The Cleveland bench recording 12 points with Matthew Dellavedova and Shawn Marion each scoring six points. The lack of focus and looking skittish, sloppy and nervous in their first game together, Cleveland needs to improve their ball movement and get better production from their bench.
More Quick Shots: Before the game, long-time Cavalier and fan favorite, Anderson Varejao inked a three-year, $30 million contract extension thru 2017.
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