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CLEVELAND---LeBron James shot miser-
ably. His passes were errant. He didn t look
good doing much other than tossing powder
in the air.
His homecoming was horrendous.
"I didn t press," James said, dismissing
nerves as a factor. "I didn t do much."
James struggled from the start in his first
game with Cleveland in four years, and the
New York Knicks ruined the megastar s emo-
tional return home with a 95-90 victory over
the Cavaliers on Thursday night.
James, who returned to the Cavs and his
native Ohio this summer after winning two
NBA titles in Miami, finished with 17 points
on 5-of-15 shooting. He also committed eight
turnovers and never looked comfortable on
a night when the entire city---and a star-
studded crowd---celebrated his comeback.
"It was a special night," he said. "I m glad
it was great, but I m also glad it s over."
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and
buried a baseline jump shot with James in
his face with 25 seconds left to give the Knicks
a 92-87 lead.
Kyrie Irving scored 22 and Kevin Love
added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the
Cavs, who have some work to before they
can start thinking about winning any titles.
Iman Shumpert and Jason Smith had 12
points apiece for the Knicks, who were embar-
rassed at home on Wednesday by Chicago
but then returned the favor on a monumental
night for Cleveland.
"It was pretty incredible," New York forward
Amare Stoudemire said, describing the atmos-
phere. "I haven t seen anything like that
before. The city was on fire. It was great to
kind of spoil the excitement---great for us."
James was greeted with a thunderous ova-
tion before the game by more than 20,000
fans, who had been counting down the days
New York Knicks' Carmelo Anthony, right, fouls Cleveland
Cavaliers' LeBron James (23) during the fourth quarter of
an NBA basketball game Thursday in Cleveland. The
Knicks defeated the Cavaliers 95-90. AP PHOTO
Knicks spoil James' homecoming, 95-90
until the opener since he announced he was coming
back home in a touching essay on July 11. There were
thousands more packing the streets outside Quicken
Loans Arena as an entire region came together to wel-
This was more than a game for Cleveland. It was
a homecoming, an event and a city-wide block party
rolled into one.
The Knicks wrecked it, giving rookie coach Derek
Fisher his first win.
"You ve got to give them credit," Irving said. "They
made tough shots."
New York, booed at times by the Madison Square
Garden crowd a night earlier, built a seven-point lead
in the third quarter and was up 86-77 on Anthony s
bucket with 3:07 remaining.
With James unable to find his shot, Irving kept
Cleveland close and his jumper brought the Cavs
within 88-85 with 1:43 left. But JR Smith hit a jump
shot, and after James made a driving layup, Anthony
knocked down his baseline jumper with his good friend
guarding him to put away the Cavs.
James started poorly, shooting just 1 of 9 from the
field in the first half. He also had a miscommunication
with Irving, who broke to the basket just as James
was firing him a pass and the ball flew into the first
row of seats next to film director and super Knicks
fan Spike Lee.
"I was throwing passes where I thought some of
my teammates were," said James, who sat out Cleve-
land s final preseason game and welcomed a new baby
girl last week. "Those things will come."
The Cavaliers visit Chicago on Friday and the Knicks
are at home to Charlotte on Sunday.
In other games, the Clippers edged the Thunder
93-90, the Mavericks had a 120-102 win over the
Jazz, the Wizards beat the Magic 105-98 and the Tim-
berwolves beat the Pistons 97-91.
At Los Angeles, Blake Griffin scored 23 points,
making two free throws with five seconds left, and
Chris Paul added 22 to help the Clippers beat Oklahoma
City in their season opener to usher in a new era under
owner Steve Ballmer.
Ballmer paid a record $2 billion to buy the team
after 33-year owner Donald Sterling was banned for
life by the NBA for racist remarks. The Thunder sent
the Clippers packing in the second round of the playoffs
last spring, shortly after the Sterling scandal erupted.
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