LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers remain undefeated after winning against the undermanned Boston Celtics, 128-122, on Thursday night at the Quicken Loans Arena.
The Cavaliers continue to take down every opponent they encounter, eyeing to defend their throne in the 2016-17 NBA season. LeBron James led the Cavaliers with 30 points, 12 assists, and seven rebounds. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving also scored double digits, contributing 26 points and 23 points, respectively.
The Cavaliers just recorded their best start of the season since 1976-1977. After another explosive night, “The King” moved within two points of passing Hakeem Olajuwon (26, 946 points) for 10th place on the NBA’s all-time scoring list.
The Boston Celtics faced the Cavaliers without two of their main men, Al Horford (concussion) and Jae Crowder (sprained left ankle). Still, the projected No. 2 team in the East still managed to keep up with the Cavaliers early in the first quarter.
Isaiah Thomas led the Celtics with 30 points while Avery Bradley added 26 points. Rookie forward Jaylen Brown, who started in place of Jae Crowder, scored 19 points. The Celtics managed to cut a 20-point deficit midway in the fourth quarter, but LeBron James and Kevin Love did not let them overturn the outcome of the game.
James started the season with an explosive performance averaging 22.4 points, 10 assists, and 9 rebounds. According to Dave McMenamin of ESPN, Cavaliers head coach Tyronn Lue believed that James could average a triple-double if he wanted to.
However, “The King” revealed that averaging a triple-double was not part of his goal.
“It’s not on there and I never thought it would be possible again after, obviously, The Big O did it, but if you see the game today, you see guys like [Russell Westbrook] and what he’s doing every night and I’ve come close a few times this season,” James said. “I don’t know if it’s just more possessions or guys are just in the right place at the right time, but it’s not something that I’ve typed down [on my phone]. But I’ve always told you guys I want to be a triple threat for my team every night and that’s scoring, rebounding and definitely getting my guys involved, and if it results in that then I’m fine with that.”
The Cleveland Cavaliers are set to face the Philadelphia 76ers on Saturday at Wells Fargo Center Philadelphia.
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