LeBron-Less Cavs Beat Celtics; Heat Notch 1st Win

LeBron-JamesThe Cleveland Cavaliers showed former star LeBron James that they can win without him, beating the Boston Celtics on Wednesday, 95-87, a day after the former Cavs main man’s new team, the Miami Heat, bowed to the same team.

J.J. Hickson led the charge for the Cavs with 21 points, while Daniel Gibson scored 16 points in the second half, including four free throws in the last 17 seconds, to help Cleveland hold off the Celtics. Rajon Rondo led in scoring for Boston with 18 points, while Paul Pierce and Ray Allen chipped in 13 and 12, respectively.

The Celtics led after three quarters, but a strong fourth quarter allowed the Cavs to open their season with a win.

Meanwhile, Miami’s much-talked-about Big 3 finally delivered a victory for their team as the Heat defeated the Philadelphia 76ers, 97-87, a day after opening their season with a disappointing loss to the Celtics. Dwayne Wade scored 30 points while James Jones delivered 20 points, 18 of them from six three-pointers to compensate for the bad shooting night of LeBron James and Chris Bosh, who combined for a measly 11 for 24 from the field. James had 16 points while Bosh added 15 for the Heat, who needed the victory to boost their confidence heading into Friday’s home opener against Eastern Conference rivals Orlando Magic.