Return of The King – Cavaliers blast Maccabi Tel Aviv in exhibition game

LeBron James and four other Cleveland Cavaliers finished with double-digit points as the denizens of The Land blasted Maccabi Tel Aviv 107-80 in an exhibition game.

The visitors scored on their first three possessions to take an 8-5 lead, but the Cavs soon led 20-11 and never looked back.

Triples by LeBron James and Mike Miller opened the second period and forged a 10-point buffer, 36-26. The starters, sans James, played a bit more in the third period, but with Dion Waiters making it 72-52 with 7:03 still to play in the quarter, it was all over bar the shouting. The rest of the Cavs’ reserves finished off the remainder of the game.

James, in his first game back as a Cavalier, logged 19 minutes, and finished with 12 points, four rebounds, and four assists. The top-scorer though was Kyrie Irving, who logged 16 makers and five dimes. Backcourt partner Dion Waiters chimed in with 15 on 6-of-14 shooting. Tristan Thompson had a double-double of 14 points and 13 rebounds, while Kevin Love posted a line of eight points, 11 boards and four assists.

Maccabi was led by Sylven Landesberg’s 23 points.

Photo from Cleveland Cavaliers’ Twitter

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