James and company arrived in the wee hours Thursday morning, and Cleveland had extra security for the once "King."
Fans were not out to try to hurt LeBron physically, but from the time he took the court in warmups, the Cavaliers faithful let him have it, and they were relentless.
In pregame warmups, LeBron missed a layup and the fans went crazy, but it did not bode well in the end for the Cavaliers.
LeBron had a great game, going for 38 points, eight assists and five rebounds, and he added a block and a steal.
The final score was 118-90, which is now the worst loss Cleveland has suffered all season.
Everyone wondered what it would be like on this night as LeBron stepped in front of the crowd, and when he did it was just like any other night. He did his routine chalk throw that he stole from Jordan. Then he played a good game of basketball.
Imagine growing up in a town and becoming the biggest star in the area, then out of nowhere just leaving for another team, pretty much saying your hometown didn't have a good enough team for you.
It is like when the star athlete in high school moves to the rival school, but here it's as if your high school has millions of people who want blood.
It is easy to see why this game was so highly anticipated. The crowd had more energy than you regularly see in an NBA game, at least through the first half, as they booed as loudly as they could every time James touched the ball.
They would cheer every time that he, or any of the other Big Three, missed a shot.
By the time the third quarter was in full swing, though, James had exploded and relatively silenced the crowd. The crowd could only look on as the most hated man in the city shredded them for 24 points in the third quarter.
Then came continuous "Akron hates you" chants, just to let James know how the city and his hometown feel about him. That is, if he didn't already know.
Something tells me people may have figured out he was hated as the arena had pretty much upped security to the red level.
In the end, though, after all the ruckus with "The Decision," only two people to my knowledge were ejected for throwing stuff at the court as James and company took their talents to Cleveland for the night.
On this night, they showed it is time for Cleveland fans to get over themselves.
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