CLEVELAND--The NBA champion Cleveland Cavaliers not only hung a championship banner from the rafters at Quicken Loans Arena, they also hung a loss on the New York Knicks as the Cavs opened their season in fine fashion with a 117-88 win over the Knicks in front of a sold out crowd 20, 562 fans.
In a pregame ceremony, the Cavaliers hoisted the 2016 NBA Champion banner to the rafters, while also presenting the championship rings to the players and the members of the organization.
Once the festivities were over, the Cavaliers embarked on their quest to defend their title as the 'Big 3' of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love combined for 71 points while leaving the game midway in the fourth quarter.
Irving led all scorers with 29 points, while Love had 23 points and 12 rebounds. James had a triple-double to start the season grabbing his 10th rebound to go with 19 points and 14 assists with just over seven minutes left in the fourth quarter. James finished with 19 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds with 6:44 to play in the game with Cleveland leading by 24 points. Richard Jefferson scored 13 points off the bench.
The Cavs led by 10 after first quarter as Love scored 10 points in the first quarter, while Carmelo Anthony had 11 points to lead all scorers in the first quarter.
Cavs led by as many as 13 points in the second quarter before the Knicks went on a 15-2 run closed the gap to 48-45 at halftime. The Cavs built their lead to as many as 21 points with a 26-10 start to the third quarter as Kyrie Irving hit a jumper. Cleveland led by 18 points after three quarters, 82-64 and outscored New York 35-24 to finish the game.
Banner Raising: The Cavaliers hoisted the 2016 NBA Champions banner to the rafter in a pregame ceremony. Each of the players and members of the organization received their championship rings as well.
For Starters: The starting five for the Cavaliers was made up of LeBron James, Kyrie Irving, Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson and J. R. Smith.
Rotation: Richard Jefferson was the first player off the bench. He was followed by Iman Shumpert, Mike Dunleavy and Channing Frye.
Shump Down: With 51 seconds left in the third quarter, Iman Shumpert collided with Kristaps Porzingis and had to be helped off the court holding his head. He did not return. Tyronn Lue didn't know if Shumpert suffered a concussion after the game.
Slow 3 Start: Cavs were just 4-of-21 for 19 percent in the first half on three's.They heated up and finished 13-of-35 (37.1 pct.) with Irving leading the way hitting 4-of-7.
Felder Down: Rookie Kay Felder is still in the concussion protocol, but Tyronn Lue said he hopes that Felder will be cleared for the Cavs next game Friday night at Toronto.
Rally for the Tribe: Game One of the World Series was put up on the scoreboard frequently at the Q and the Cavalier fans enthusiastically cheered anything positive that happened at Progressive Field.
Flo Rida in the House: Rapper Flo Rida performed at halftime.