Cleveland is now stuck with expiring contracts for overpaid veterans, just like when James left last time (for South Beach).
Griffin ranked second among the NBA's scoring leaders at 33.8 points per game heading into Friday's action after posting 26 points against the Cavaliers. That is what is staring Cleveland and head coach Tyronn Lue in the face, though, and it's unclear how much hope there still is for this year now.
All 11 Cavs players who stepped on the floor scored in the first 15 minutes for Cleveland, who is looking for their first win of the season. "We haven't really been as good as we should be at this point with just executing".
Cleveland cut a 15-point lead to 97-91 early in the fourth quarter before in regained control with four straight baskets.
"Cavaliers forward Kevin Love will be OUT for tonight's game in Detroit with left foot soreness".
Lue and James brought a first NBA trophy to Cleveland
Kyle Korver led the Cleveland attack with 21 points off the bench and Jordan Clarkson added 18. Drummond added 22 rebounds and Griffin, who was coming off a career-high 50-point effort earlier in the week against Philadelphia, added 10 boards.
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Jayson Tatum scored 24 points, and the Boston Celtics rallied from a 16-point halftime deficit to beat the winless Oklahoma City Thunder. The Cavaliers cut Detroit's lead to six points at 61-55 on a Tristan Thompson layup, but Drummond and Co. led by as many as 16 in the quarter and held a 12-point edge at the start of the fourth. Jared Dudley's second 3-pointer of the run pushed the lead to 68-50 with 6:12 remaining in the quarter.
Nikola Vucevic led Orlando with 24 points and 11 rebounds. Detroit's offense lacked rhythm in the early going, but Stanley Johnson's 11 first-quarter points kept his team within striking distance.
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