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Cavaliers treat fans with rout of Knicks in season opener

2016.10.26 06:19

CLEVELAND ― Tuesday may have marked the official start of the 2016-17 NBA campaign, but for the Cavaliers, it offered one more reason to bask in last season’s NBA championship.

It was ring night in Cleveland, the first time this city had celebrated a champion in 52 years. It was also Game 1 of the World Series, which only added to the frenzied, surreal downtown spirit.

And the Cavaliers met the moment, just as they did last postseason.

Led by LeBron James and Kyrie Irving, the Cavs treated their fans to much the same of what spurred their championship run last year in handing the New York Knicks a 117-88 opening night defeat.

James, who addressed the crowd pregame and reminded fans it’s “Cleveland against the world,” recorded his 43rd career regular season triple-double. He finished with 19 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds perhaps buoyed by the championship excitement.

James spoke to reporters earlier on Tuesday and claimed he didn’t plan on addressing the crowd. Still, his pre-game comments, which included a nod to the Indians, were heartfelt.

“I’ve never had to prepare for anything like that,” James said. “I just kind of go off the cuff, go off my heart.”

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