CLEVELAND- It was one of the most anticipated games ever as LeBron James returned to play with the Cleveland Cavaliers in the season home opener.
But, the Cavs fell to the New York Knicks, 95-90.
James, who returned to the Cavs and his native Ohio this summer after winning two NBA titles in Miami, finished with 17 points on 5-of-15 shooting. He also committed eight turnovers and never looked comfortable on a night when the entire city — and a star-studded crowd — celebrated his comeback.
Carmelo Anthony scored 25 points and buried a jumper with James in his face with 25 seconds left to give the Knicks a 92-87 lead.
Kyrie Irving scored 22 and Kevin Love added 19 points and 14 rebounds for the Cavs, who have some work to before they can start thinking about any titles.
Before the game, it seemed like the entire city was celebrating LeBron's return, with thousands packing The Q and watch parties around town.