The Cavs got the best of James in a 116-102 win, as his partner in crime, Anthony Davis, was forced to exit the game early because of flu-like symptoms.
But whenever James visits the Cavs these days, the team and its fans still show him some love, and that includes Kevin Love, Cleveland’s last link to its 2016 championship team.
After the contest, Love showered his former teammate with love and praise.
#Cavs Kevin Love on Lebron James: "He's arguably top one or two greatest players of all time."
He says playing Lebron at home will always be special. pic.twitter.com/dRIl6nj2u0
— Carly Mascitti (@carlymascitti) December 6, 2022
James Finally Got The Land Over The Top
For decades, Cleveland was perhaps the nation’s most hard-luck city when it came to pro sports, as it had failed to win a world championship in any of the four major sports since the Cleveland Browns had taken the 1964 NFL title.
The city’s failures were so painful that they had become known by one word – such as The Drive, The Fumble and The Shot.
But James, who is from nearby Akron, Ohio, ended all that during his second stint with the Cavs.
After they lost the 2015 title to the Golden State Warriors, he led them back to the NBA Finals in 2016, only to fall behind 3-1 to the same Warriors team.
But James convinced his teammates they were going to come back and win, and come back and win they did by taking Game 7 in California to claim the city’s first Larry O’Brien Trophy.
When a group of men win it all together, they forge a brotherhood for life that cannot be broken, and that is what James still has with men such as Love, even all these years later.