It was a Thursday on a surprisingly sunny day in Cleveland, but it could’ve easily been confused with a Sunday spiritual revival, a Saturday morning tailgate outside an SEC football stadium, or some Frankenstein combination of the two.
CLEVELAND — LeBron James struggled from the start in his first game with Cleveland in four years, and the New York Knicks ruined the megastar's emotional homecoming with a 95-90 victory over the Cavaliers on Thursday night.
MINNEAPOLIS — Thaddeus Young scored 19 points and hit a big 3-pointer with 90 seconds to play to lift the Minnesota Timberwolves to a 97-91 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Thursday night.

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