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Following a preseason of hype in which many people were already crowning them NBA champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers started their 2014-15 campaign by going in the wrong direction, losing at home in a nationally televised matchup to the New York Knicks, 95-90, on Thursday night.
The Cavaliers seemed to be in control early in the second quarter, holding a 31-20 advantage, but the Knicks soon caught fire, and by halftime, Cleveland was leading by only a single basket and Genoso was going nuts.
LeBron James, making his return to the team after four years away with the Miami Heat, was clearly caught up in the emotion of the night, connecting on just one of nine from the field and committing three turnovers in the first half. He finished with 17 points and eight turnovers.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Cavaliers took a brief lead at 70-69, but New York would take as much as a nine-point lead before holding off a late Cleveland run. Carmelo Anthony’s corner jumper over James with 25 seconds remaining was the back-breaker.
The Cavs have little time to lick their wounds since they have to face their main rival for the Eastern Conference crown, the Chicago Bulls, tonight in the Windy City. That game is also being televised nationally, and will be the Bulls’ home opener at the United Center.