Outside of James' 10th triple-double of the season, Kyle Korver came up big with a season-high 30 points (7-for-13 from 3), Jeff Green scored 24 off the bench, and rookie Cedi Osman scored a career-high 16 points to go with 6 rebounds, 5 assists and 3 steals.
The new roster of the Cavaliers will be tested against the Celtics, who remain to be on one of the strongest teams in the Eastern Conference. After one-quarter of action, the Celtics were up by one, 32-32.
When the Cavs when visit the free throw line here are some of the chants that they would hear: "Lebron will leave you", "Lebron will trade you", and my personal favorite, "Where are your teammates" directed towards Lebron.
On an afternoon that was slated to be a five-hour long celebration of the success of Paul Pierce and the Celtics' past, the Celtics' present laid an egg.
As you'll see, these trades created massive opportunities for certain players to shine, so open up your league's waiver wire and get ready to scan for potential pickups as you read.
Fans probably hoped for a big, dramatic third-quarter comeback. "It's my job to as the leader of this team to make sure that I acclimate the new four guys to be around a culture that's built around winning".
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Former Cavs star Kyrie Irving added 18 points and five assists, and he shared a nice hug with James after the game. He is in his second season with the Cavaliers and is one of the holdovers in Cleveland after Thursday's barrage of activity. For a second there, they were just trying to get him shots, trying to get him shots.
But while the moves may have steered the Cavaliers out of their skid and could even get them back to the top of the East for the playoffs, they still look like no real match for the league's best. The Lakers were bound to trade some of their younger players in order to make room for free agency and Nance made for a good trade piece because he's a guy who other players want to play with. "Got him a lob, got him a dunk, so it was a good start for the new guys, a good start for all of us with our revamped team so far".
Thomas, who came to Cleveland in last summer's trade with Boston for Kyrie Irving, played in just 15 games and wasn't fitting in with the Cavaliers on or off the floor after he returned from a hip injury.
The Celtics would have loved to have gotten the win, not just because they don't like to lose but because it was also Paul Pierce Day. He shouldn't take much time to get comfortable in Cleveland.