The Cleveland Cavaliers celebrated raising their NBA Championship banner with a blowout of the New York Knicks.
LeBron James returned from his NBA Finals MVP performance to lead his Cavs teammates, posting a triple double in a 117 to 88 victory over the Knicks. James scored 19 points on 9-14 shooting from the field. He also added 11 rebounds and 14 points. Even with the win, James was more impressed with the Championship ring celebration.
“It was great to have a moment like that. It was difficult to focus on the game but we did a great job, especially in the second half,” said James. “There were so many emotions. To see us win the finals and tonight being that last exclamation point to receive your ring in front of your fans was a great moment.”
James was aided by Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, and a strong Cavs defense in the win. Irving scored 29 points on 12-22 from the field and knocked down four three pointers. Love scored 23 points and added 12 rebounds. No Knicks player was able to achieve 20 points and a stingy Cavs defense held the Knicks to 36.8 percent shooting as a team.
The Knicks have a very new team that is trying to get acclimated to one another. Among major additions to the team in the offseason were Derrick Rose, Joakim Noah, and Wily Hernangomez.
“We will improve, I guarantee it,” said Knicks star, Carmelo Anthony. “There are just so many moving parts right now. We need to get better, but we’re not running from that fact.”