James dom­i­nates in Cleve­land re­turn

The Pak Banker - - International3 -

CLEVE­LAND: He tuned out the boos. He smiled at the de­ri­sive chants. He em­braced all the negativity Cleve­land could muster.

LeBron James fazed by any­thing.

He brought his tal­ents back home and re­minded ev­ery­one - even the haters - why he's missed.

Re­turn­ing as a vil­lain to his na­tive state and the city he scorned this sum­mer, James scored 38 points - 24 in a vir­tu­oso third-quar­ter per­for­mance - to lead the Mi­ami Heat to a 118-90 win on Thurs­day night, turn­ing his hos­tile home­com­ing into an­other em­bar­rass­ing moment for the

wasn't Cava­liers.

By half­time, James was the one hav­ing fun. By the fourth quar­ter, he was watch­ing from the bench as Cavs fans headed into the cold for a dis­ap­point­ing drive home.

This wasn't the pay­back they waited five months to in­flict.

James sim­ply wouldn't al­low it, but in­sisted his beat­down wasn't per­sonal. At one point this sum­mer, he com­piled a ros­ter of en­e­mies.

"Cavs fans weren't on my list," he said. " I have the ut­most re­spect for these fans. It's noth­ing per­sonal and it won't be ever."

As he did so many times dur­ing seven sea­sons for the Cavs, the two-time league MVP did any­thing he wanted on the floor. In the third quar­ter, he made 10-of-12 shots, jumpers from ev­ery an­gle and taunted Cleve­land's bench af­ter drain­ing a seem­ingly im­pos­si­ble base­line jumper.

"I know this court. I've made a lot of shots on this court," he said. "Just wanted to be ag­gres­sive, just try to keep them out of the game. I knew they were go­ing to try to make a run in the third quar­ter, but we were able to get stops and we were able to get some shots." James said his trash talked di­rected at the Cavs' bench was in fun. -Afp

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