Cleveland Cavaliers began the defence of their first NBA championship with a 117-88 win over the New York Knicks in the season opener on Wednesday morning IST. LeBron James was at his best scoring 19 points, 14 assists and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers.
Last season's title ended a 52-year championship drought for Cleveland's three major pro sports teams. However, the Cavaliers squandered their first half advantage and were ahead by just three points – 48-45 – at halftime.
Kyrie Irving then scored 19 of his 29 points in the third period, making eight out of his 10 shots, including three three-pointers, as Cleveland built an 82-64 advantage entering the final quarter. They eventually bagged the match 117-88.
Portland of to winning start
The Portland Trail Blazers defeated Utah Jazz 113-104 in their season opener at the Moda Center. Damian Lillard hit 39 points with nine rebounds and six assists, while CJ McCollum scored 25 points and three assists for the Blazers, who won their NBA-record 16th consecutive home opener. Jazz were never really in the game but tried their best contain the Blazers.
San Antonio Spurs stun Golden State
Golden State Warriors were stunned by San Antonio Spurs 100-129 at the Oracle Arena, Oakland. The Spurs began with an aggressive approach and opened up an 11-point lead at the end of the first quarter. They continued to dominate the game and eventually won it with ease.
Cleveland Cavaliers 117 beat New York Knicks 88.
Portland Trail Blazers 113 beat Utah Jazz 104.
Golden State Warriors 100 lost to San Antonio Spurs 129.