Friday 23 March 2018 / 07:38 PM


LeBron James provided the highlights in the Cleveland Cavaliers’ 117-88 blowout of the visiting New York Knicks on the NBA season’s opening night.

Last year’s Finals MVP recorded his 43rd career triple-double, racking up 19 points on 9-for-13 shooting, plus 11 rebounds and 14 assists – the latter total believed to be the most in a season-opening triple-double since Oscar Robertson in 1963-64.

LeBron took to the air early on:

During the second half he picked up where he left off in Game 7 of the Finals against the Warriors, producing a brutal block:

Kyrie Irving top-scored with 29 points, while Kevin Love had 22 for the Cavs. Carmelo Anthony led the way for the outclassed Knicks, posting 19 points.

It was a night of celebration for the Cavaliers and their fans, with league commissioner Adam Silver handing out the team’s Championship rings while the Larry O’Brien Trophy was paraded before the crowd at Quicken Loans Arena.

“You’re the greatest sports city in the world,” Cavaliers owner Dan Gilbert told the throng, with the Cleveland Indians scheduled to do battle with the Chicago Cubs in Game 1 of the MLB World Series in a watershed day for the long-suffering, sports-loving city.

James also gave a poignant speech during the emotional ceremony.

[YouTube – Ximo Pierto]

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