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CLEVELAND - Shortly after showering, and maybe rinsing off a forgettable performance, LeBron James smiled and laughed as he dressed for a flight to Chicago. Vapormax Flyknit 2 Noir Pas Cher .It was one game, he said.James moved on quickly.It may take Cleveland a little longer.This championship-deprived city, which had waited months to celebrate James return from Miami with a rip-roaring party, was in a state of shock following Clevelands 95-90 loss to the New York Knicks on Thursday night.Given a heros welcome with a ground-shaking ovation, James flopped.He missed 10 shots, committed eight turnovers and looked nothing like the four-time league MVP and transcendent player capable of carrying a franchise.One game. One really bad game.Im glad its over, he said.Following an emotional pregame, which included him reprising the signature chalk toss routine he made famous during his first stint with the Cavs, James could hardly do anything right. He missed wide-open shots, forced others and made uncharacteristic errors. During one possession, he thought Kyrie Irving was going one way and Clevelands All-Star guard went the other as James pass sailed into the seats.My turnovers, some of them were careless and some of them were chemistry, said James, who scored 17 points in 43 minutes. I was throwing passes where I was hoping where some of my teammates were and they were not there. Those things will come.Irving had 22 points. Kevin Love, the other third of Clevelands Big 3, added 19 points and 14 rebounds in his Cavs debut.Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points for New York. The Knicks rebounded to give rookie coach Derek Fisher his first win after being embarrassed by Chicago at home in their season opener.James dismissed the notion he was trying too hard to make sure his homecoming ended in victory.I didnt press, he said. I didnt do much.The Cavs knew it would take time to develop chemistry. James along with first-year coach David Blatt had preached during the preseason that there would be tough times ahead.They just didnt say it would be after one game. Heres five other things that emerged from a night that didnt end the way Clevelanders planned:NO OFFENSE: Blatt has spent the past month installing an uptempo offence, but the Cavs havent embraced it.They had far too many empty possessions and lacked any cohesion.We got static, the former international coach said following his first NBA game. Were really good when we move the ball. When we play without motion and without ball energy, thats exactly what will happen.Also, Clevelands bench was outscored 41-12. Blatt said he should have given reserves Shawn Marion (10 minutes) and Mike Miller (3 minutes) more playing time.BULLS-EYE: The Cavs dont have any time to feel sorry for themselves as theyll take on the Bulls, who are expected to challenge Cleveland for Eastern Conference supremacy.That is what is great about this league, James said. You can play as a bad as I did tonight and bounce back.SLICK KNICKS: Talk about crashing the party.New York wasnt intimidated by the electric atmosphere and the Knicks made several big shots in the second half to spoil Clevelands big night. Iman Shumpert and Jason Smith scored 12 apiece and J.R. Smith added 11 for the Knicks, who led by nine with 3 minutes left and held off Clevelands rally.It was a great win for us, said Anthony, who made a crucial jumper over James with 25.9 seconds left. It tested us mentally to see how we were going to bounce back from last night. We did a great job of putting that behind us and focusing.NEW DEALS: The Cavs are believed to be close to finalizing contract extensions for centres Anderson Varejao and Tristan Thompson. Both players are the final years of their deals. Theres a midnight Friday deadline for the Cavs to get something done with Thompson, a 2011 first-round pick. Varejao has played his entire career in Cleveland and is close to James.STAR WARS: James homecoming brought out some big names, including teen heartthrob Justin Bieber, football Hall of Famer Michael Strahan, film director and Knicks super fan Spike Lee, Browns rookie quarterback Johnny Manziel and R&B artist Usher, who sang the national anthem and was accompanied in the final verses by the Cleveland crowd. Vapormax Moc 2 Pas Cher . The 31-year-old, a two-time CFL lineman of the year, was among the most coveted free agents on the market. The Windsor, Ont., native will be especially important to a team that has lost veteran quarterback Anthony Calvillo to retirement and is expected to go with the less experienced Troy Smith and Tanner Marsh this season. Vapormax Plus Femme Pas Cher . Others describe it as taking the parrot for a walk. . Anor had not scored since getting his first two goals of the season vs. Philadelphia on March 22 but struck with laser precision from distance in the 56th and 75th minutes. Montreal (3-10-5) lost its third straight and Impact coach Frank Klopas said it literally was a case of his players not stepping up.DETROIT -- Theres little doubt that Miguel Cabrera is one of the best hitters in baseball. And often, its his massive home runs that fans, players and managers remember. Thursday, though, he delivered in a different way. Cabrera found infield gaps with a pair of two-out hits to drive in three runs in Detroits 7-4 victory over the Chicago White Sox. "Im just trying to hit the ball into a hole," Cabrera said. "You have to be able to use the bat to hit the pitch where they give you room." Of course, for most players, it isnt quite that simple. "I know Im supposed to stand here and talk about how amazing Miggy is, but weve just gotten to a point where we expect this kind of thing," winning pitcher Max Scherzer said. "Were thrilled when anyone else does something like that, but he does it all the time." Rajai Davis homered, doubled and singled for the Tigers, but he wasnt going to pretend to be in Cabreras territory. "I had a great day, which is fun, but that man does it every day against every pitcher in the league," Davis said. "He plays in this park and he wins batting titles and Triple Crowns. Hes a great, great hitter." Scherzer (2-1) struck out 10, allowing two runs and seven hits in six innings. A high pitch count ended his outing early. "Theres a reason hes the Cy Young winner," said Adam Dunn, who homered off Scherzer. "You go against (Justin) Verlander one night and then you have to go against Scherzer, and they are both just so tough. They have so many pitches that they can throw for strikes that you are always in trouble against them." Joe Nathan pitched the ninth for his fourth save in six tries. He got the final two outs on a strikeout where Jose Abreu was called for interfering with catcher Bryan Holadays throw to second base on a stolen-base attempt. Holaday was amused to find out he had been credited with a game-ending unassisted double play. "Ive never even seen anything like that before," he laughed. "Thats my first one of those, whatever what it was." White Sox manager Robin Ventura asked plate umpire Dan Iassogna for an explanation, but didnt argue the call. "It was just interference," Ventura said. Jose Quintana (1-1) allowed three runs in six innings. Tigers reliever Al Alburquerque pitched the seventh, but Joba Chamberlain allowed two runs in the eighth to let Chicago pull within one. Detroit scored twice in the bottom half. The teams traded runs in the ssecond, with Dunn hitting a long homer over the scoreboard in right-centre field before the Tigers answered with Austin Jacksons triple and Nick Castellanos single. Vapormax 2019 Femme Pas Cher. Detroit went ahead in the third when Ian Kinsler singled, advanced on a wild pitch and scored as Cabrera slapped an outside pitch the other way for a single. "Facing that guy in that situation is one of the least appealing situations in baseball," Ventura said. "He can beat you with a grounder into the hole or he can hit one 500 feet. Thats tough to stop." Chicago scored just once in the first five innings, striking out nine times, but forced Scherzers pitch count up to 96, meaning that Detroit would need multiple innings from its struggling bullpen. Davis made it 3-1 in the fifth with his second homer of the season, a shot to left that cleared the Tigers bullpen. Dayan Viciedo left off the White Sox sixth with a triple when Torii Hunter lost a fly ball in the sun. Alexei Ramirez followed with a sacrifice fly to cut Detroits lead to one run on Scherzers 102nd pitch. Ramirez, who made several outstanding defensive plays at shortstop, prevented a run with a diving stop on Davis grounder in the seventh. It went for an infield hit, loading the bases with one out, but Maikel Cleto got Kinsler to pop out. Daniel Webb came in and Cabrera bounced his second pitch up the middle for a two-run single. The White Sox started the eighth with three hits off Chamberlain, including an RBI single by Ramirez, and a throwing error by Holaday allowed a second run to score. Holaday, though, had an RBI single in the bottom of the inning, and Davis followed with a two-out double to make it 7-4. NOTES: The Tigers announced during the game that they will be honouring Jim Leyland in a pregame ceremony before their May 10th game against Minnesota. Leyland managed the Tigers to a franchise-record four post-season appearances before retiring after last season. ... White Sox 2B Gordon Beckham made his season debut after missing the first 22 games with a strained oblique muscle. He went 0 for 4 and struck out three times. He was called up Wednesday night from his injury-rehab assignment with Double-A Birmingham, while LHP Charlie Leesman was optioned to Triple-A Charlotte. ... With Nathan trying to close out the game, fans down the right-field line started loudly booing a man in a Boston Bruins jersey. Game 4 of the Red Wings-Bruins NHL playoff series was scheduled for Thursday night at nearby Joe Louis Arena. ' ' '

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