LeBron James was greeted with boos and all kinds of obscene gestures from salty Cleveland. LeBron came with nothing short of his A-Game and reminded Cleveland of what they missed.
Mo Williams said:
“It’s almost like your ex-girlfriend coming to your wedding.”
Returning 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 Cavaliers.
LeBron had no harsh feeling toward his native town.
“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.”
“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.”
By half-time Cavaliers fans began filing out into the cold. Booed every time he touched the ball, James scored 14 points in the first half as the Heat opened a 59-40 lead, and threatened to turn the highly anticipated game into a blowout.
Miami outscored Cleveland 36-25 in the third to open a 95-65 lead, prompting Heat coach Erik Spoelstra to pull his superstar. James spent the final 12 minutes as a spectator, glancing at the scoreboard and into the stands at so many familiar faces.