LeBron James, in his first game in Cleveland in two years, reminded the fans who he was. The Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Cavaliers 115-108 at the Rocket Mortgage Fieldhouse on Monday night and James brought his archives with him.
Back at the venue where he created so many memories while a member of the Cavs, the 36-year-old James was the only star of this show with 46 points, eight rebounds, and six assists.
“Home cooking,” said James “It felt good to be back in my haven.”
James, 36, scored 21 in the final quarter, helping an NBA-title defense ward off a combative Cavs team. He was 9 for 10 from the field in the last period. In the fourth quarter he also outscored the Cavaliers by himself, 21-19.
“We get out the way,” Anthony Davis said afterward, wide-eyed. “He’s at home.”
Andre Drummond scored 25 and grabbed 17 rebounds for the Cavs, while. Cedi Osman scored 20 points and Collin Sexton added 17 for the home team. James ran his career record to 15-1 against teams he has formerly played for.
The victory for Los Angeles coincided with the one-year anniversary of Lakers legend Kobe Bryant’s tragic death during a helicopter crash.
The Lakers are a perfect 10-0 on the road this year. History is being recorded.