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LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs to win over Knicks

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LeBron's triple-double leads Cavs to win over Knicks

CLEVELAND — LeBron James took time to reflect as the Cleveland Cavaliers raised their championship banner.

Then it was business as usual.

James had his 43rd career triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 29 points and the Cavaliers beat the New York Knicks 117-88 on Tuesday night in the NBA season opener.

James scored 19 points and added 11 rebounds and 14 assists in front of a raucous home crowd that was on its feet from the pregame ceremony until late in the game, celebrating the city's first championship in 52 years.

"It was great to have a moment like that," he said. "It was difficult to focus on the game but we did a great job, especially in the second half."

James, who got choked up while speaking to the crowd before the game, continued his perfect record on ring nights. He was 2-0 when the Miami Heat players were presented with their championship rings.

"There were so many emotions," he said. "To see us win the finals and tonight being that last exclamation point to receive your ring in front of your fans was a great moment."

Irving scored 19 points in the third quarter, when Cleveland used a 20-4 run to take a 74-53 lead. Kevin Love scored 23 for the Cavaliers.

Carmelo Anthony led New York with 19 points and Derrick Rose had 17.

Cavaliers guard Iman Shumpert was taken to the locker room late in the third quarter with concussion-like symptoms after colliding with Kristaps Porzingis. Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue said Shumpert was undergoing tests to determine the extent of the injury.

Cleveland's players, coaching staff and front office personnel also received their championship rings in the pregame ceremony, and the sellout crowd chanted Lue's last name.

"That was a really good feeling," he said. "It was great to be a part of it."

The basketball game was only part of a big night in town. The Cleveland Indians played Game 1 of the World Series against the Chicago Cubs across the street at Progressive Field.

The Knicks, who missed the playoffs the last three seasons, are expecting major improvement after acquiring Rose from Chicago to run the offense and signing center Joakim Noah, who was scoreless in 21 minutes.

"We will improve, I guarantee it," Anthony said. "There are just so many moving parts right now. We need to get better, but we're not running from that fact."

New York, playing its first game under new coach Jeff Hornacek, trailed by 13 in the second quarter but rallied to cut the lead to 45-43 at halftime. A pair of dunks by James and 3-pointers from Irving and Love pushed the lead to 61-49.

Cleveland's spurt continued as Irving hit three 3-pointers for a 74-53 lead.

Porzingis scored 16 points for New York.

TIP-INS

Knicks: Anthony scored 11 of New York's 18 first-quarter points. .... PG Brandon Jennings, signed in the offseason, scored seven points in 22 minutes.

Cavaliers: F Tristan Thompson was scoreless and had six rebounds in 21 minutes. ... Rookie G Kay Felder is going through concussion protocol after being injured in practice last week.

HIGH STAKES

James and Dwyane Wade, a Chicago native, finalized their bet on the World Series between the Indians and Cubs.

"If the Indians win the World Series, he has to wear an Indians uniform when he comes here and if the Cubs win it, I have wear a Cubs uniform when we play in the United Center," James said.

NOT THIS TIME

The Knicks spoiled James' return to Cleveland on opening night two years ago with a 95-90 win. Anthony was the game's high scorer with 25 points. Irving led Cleveland with 22 while James scored 17.

MAKING FRIENDS, SORT OF

Noah, who has never been a favorite of Quicken Loans Arena fans, had a few kind words for the city Tuesday.

"Congratulations to Cleveland," he said. "Even though it's not a vacation spot you guys got a championship. It's well-deserved."

UP NEXT

Knicks: They host Memphis on Saturday in their home opener in what will mark Rose's first game in a New York uniform at Madison Square Garden.

Cavaliers: They travel to Toronto on Friday in a rematch of last season's Eastern Conference finals, which Cleveland won in six games.

Warriors rule Draymond Green out vs. Mavericks because of toe sprain

Warriors rule Draymond Green out vs. Mavericks because of toe sprain

Draymond Green just came back from a one-game suspension, but he won't play again Saturday. 

The Warriors officially ruled Green out of the game against the Dallas Mavericks, as he continues to nurse a sprained right toe. Forward Alfonzo McKinnie (left foot soreness) also was listed as questionable. 

Green returned to the Warriors' lineup in Thursday's 107-86 loss to the Houston Rockets after serving a one-game suspension stemming from his tiff with Kevin Durant. Sources told NBC Sports Bay Area's Monte Poole that Green brought up Durant's impending free agency, and Green told reporters in Houston on Thursday that he and Durant were "moving forward."

"After playing 42 minutes against the Clippers, it was pretty sore that next day," Green said of his injured toe, and he then joked, "Thank God I got suspended. I was sore, really sore, so I sat there and iced the whole day. Did some treatment at home. ... Everything happens for a reason."

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Green did not play in the Warriors' two games preceding Monday's loss to the Los Angeles Clippers because of his sprained toe. He played just 24 minutes Thursday, missing all three of his shots and finishing the night with zero points, five rebounds, five assists, and five turnovers. 

With Green suspended Tuesday, Jonas Jerebko started in his place. He scored 14 points on 5-of-10 shooting, and 4-of-7 from deep. Jerebko finished a game-high plus-23, and he could start in Green's absence again Saturday, provided Warriors coach Steve Kerr likes the matchup against the Mavericks.

If McKinnie does not play, the Warriors would be down two forwards in their first look at Mavericks rookie forward Luka Doncic.

Kevin Durant claps back at Colin Cowherd on Instagram after criticism

Kevin Durant claps back at Colin Cowherd on Instagram after criticism

Kevin Durant didn't need a burner account this time.

With all the drama surrounding Durant and Warriors teammate Draymond Green, Colin Cowherd responded harshly on his show The Herd. As Green reportedly dared Durant to leave the Warriors in free agency, Cowherd believes Durant needs the Warriors more than the back-to-back champs need him.

To no surprise, Durant understandly didn't take the criticism too well. On his own personal Instagram account, Durant clapped back to the talk show host.

Durant says he's done talking about the feud he and Green got into during an overtime loss to the Clippers. But the more he engages on social media, the longer this story will have life.