CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James and Kevin Love were too many for a Miami Heat to hoop Friday night.
James scored 29 points while Love combined 24 with 14 rebounds and a Cleveland Cavaliers won their home opener, 102-92.
James was 13 of 19 from a margin for Cleveland, that pulled divided mid by a second half to win for a second time in 3 games.
Dwyane Wade led Miami with 25 points while Chris Bosh scored 16.
With All-Star indicate ensure Kyrie Irving sidelined by a fractured left kneecap, it will be adult to James and Love to lift a Cavaliers.
“Kevin Love is a categorical focal point,” James said. “We wish to get Kev to know how good he is and how good he is for a team. He showed again tonight since he’s one of a best energy forwards in a league.”
James, Wade and Bosh played in a same regular-season diversion for a initial time given all were in a Miami uniform. James returned to a Cavaliers in a summer of 2014 and played in all 4 games opposite a Heat final season. Wade missed a one diversion Bosh played in between a teams.
“This was a good environment,” Wade said. “I’m blissful a group got a possibility to play in an sourroundings like this early in a season. Give them credit.”
James, who pronounced Friday he designed on personification in all 82 games, showed no signs of a behind troubles that sidelined him in training camp. He had 5 rebounds and 4 assists in 34 minutes.
Cleveland took an 11-point lead in a initial half, though Wade and Bosh kept Miami close. The Heat trailed 63-59 in a third entertain before a Cavaliers put together a run that began with a retreat layup by James.
Tristan Thompson converted dual alley-oop passes from Matthew Dellavedova for dunks, Richard Jefferson strike a 3-pointer from a dilemma and James scored on another drive, assisting Cleveland build an 88-69 lead mid by a fourth quarter.
Miami degraded Charlotte on Wednesday to open a season. Bosh scored 21 points in his lapse after being sidelined in Feb since of a blood clot.
“Honestly, a lot of times we shot ourselves in a feet by not removing into a offense,” Bosh said. “We’ve got a prolonged approach to go. It’s usually going to take time.”
The teams separate 4 games final deteriorate with a home group winning any time, all by double figures. This was a Heat’s usually outing to Cleveland this deteriorate while a Cavaliers revisit Miami twice.
FEELING THE HEAT: James knows his former group would like to get behind to a tip in a East.
He visited with Wade and some other Heat players on Thursday night, and they didn’t have to tell James that they would adore to unseat Cleveland as discussion champions.
“I mean, that’s what everybody’s design is,” pronounced James, who won dual titles in 4 seasons with Miami. “We’re a reigning Eastern Conference champions and everybody wants to kick us, paint a East in a Finals. We haven’t finished anything, personally. It’s a new season.”
LOVE’S SHOULDER: If Love indispensable any soundness that his surgically remade left shoulder was OK, he got it opposite Chicago and Memphis — dual of a NBA’s many earthy teams.
“If it was going to go opposite dual teams, it was going to be those dual teams,” he said. “I theory for a integrate tests entrance right out of a gate, those are them. Definitely got hit, got pulled, got my arm sealed a few times and I’m flattering bruise too, so it’s really been tested and I’m certain it will continue to be.”
Heat: Amar’e Stoudemire scored dual points with 3 rebounds in 11 mins in his deteriorate debut. … Wade astounded Mo Williams by restraint his 3-point try from behind in a initial quarter. Williams was quickly far-reaching open before a Miami star swooped in and swatted a shot away.
Cavaliers: Love found James with a ball pass to a other finish of a justice in a third quarter. James done a locate and gathering on Luol Deng for a resounding dunk. …Thompson deserted Bosh’s asperse try in a fourth entertain and distinguished by slapping hands with James.
Heat: Host Houston on Sunday.
Cavaliers: Visit Philadelphia on Monday.