It's one thing to go into Atlanta and smush the Lottery-bound Hawks.
Playing their first game with all the new players they acquired at the trade deadline, the Cavs took it to the C's on the road with a 121-99 win. But he remained in his seat, awaiting the postgame ceremony that would raise his No. 34 to the TD Garden rafters.
James, who didn't even play in the fourth, almost had a triple-double through three quarters (24 points, 10 assists, 8 rebounds), and he got all of his new teammates involved.
The four new Cleveland Cavaliers additions played a big part in the runaway victory. At the time, the Celtics led by just three points. James finished off the afternoon with 24 points, 10 assists, eight boards, a steal, and a block.
James made his return to the game just three minutes into the second after receiving treatment on his right knee.
The Cavaliers, looked like a completely different team from the listless squad that limped into Wednesday's home meeting with Minnesota.
James and Pierce were the fiercest rivals with the former's legacy being measured against the latter's.
In the end, what LeBron needed were players that match his intensity. Instead, he spent the final period celebrating the smackdown with teammates along the Cavaliers bench. "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".
Cleveland led by as many as 29 points and dominated the 2nd half.
Boston allowed Cleveland to go 45/84 (53.6%) from the field and 16/30 (53.3%) from the three-point line. Enes Kanter and Tim Hardaway Jr. each scored 17 points, and Michael Beasley had 16 points and 13 rebounds for NY. The keys to the surge were related to stopping the Celtics' long-range shooting touch and forcing them into turnovers. He also ended the game as a team-high plus 23. Hill hit shots and made things hard for his matchup on defense, Nance is a walking and living embodiment of the Energizer Bunny, Hood feels like a younger version of JR Smith (who suddenly looked like JR Smith again), and Clarkson was everywhere. "The pressure wasn't on me to score and it just showed that I was a better all-around player than what was perceived at first". "The time we put a $100 in the ceiling and said we're going to be back, that happened".
"I think coming into a big game like tonight and all of our guys performed". "It's nearly like the new guys have been here". He found complementary players to All-Star and MVP candidate James Harden, who has led the team to a second-place standing this season, just one game behind the league-leading Golden State Warriors.