James struggles on return as Melo and Knicks roll out with victory…
The New York Knicks recovered from their heavy loss to the Chicago Bulls on Wednesday night and defeated another giant in the form of the Cleveland Cavaliers.
LeBron James struggled on his return as he finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting while also committing eight turnovers, however he insisted that nerves were not an issue and that he’s glad in a way that it is over.
In contrast, Carmelo Anthony had no such problems after ending the game with 25 points and buried a baseline jump shot over James with 25 seconds left to give the Knicks a commanding lead.
Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love added 22 and 19 points respectively for the hosts, but it is clear that they have plenty to work on if they are to emerge as championship contenders.
It won’t get easier any time soon as the Cavs hit the road to face the Chicago Bulls on Friday night.
Nevertheless, despite the disappointing result, James insisted that he would never forget the atmosphere created by the fans prior to tip-off, with a thunderous ovation greeting him as he was introduced to the crowd.
Elsewhere, the Washington Wizards picked up their first win of the season at the Orlando Magic with John Wall scoring 30 points, while the Minnesota Timberwolves moved to 1-1 after defeating the Detroit Pistons (0-2).
The Dallas Mavericks bounced back from their disappointing opening night loss to the San Antonio Spurs with victory over the Utah Jazz at home.
In the second televised game of the night, the Los Angeles Clippers overcame the Oklahoma City Thunder with Blake Griffin scoring 23 points as the hosts opened up the Steve Ballmer era with a win.
Washington Wizards 105-98 Orlando Magic
Detroit Pistons 91-97 Minnesota Timberwolves
New York Knicks 95-90 Cleveland Cavaliers
Utah Jazz 102-120 Dallas Mavericks
Oklahoma City Thunder 90-93 Los Angeles Clippers