James dominates in Cleveland return
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
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