James sits second half, Cavs beat Maccabi 107-80
CLEVELAND (AP) — LeBron James scored 12 points before resting in the second half as the Cleveland Cavaliers gave new coach David Blatt a preseason win over his former team, beating Israel’s Maccabi Tel Aviv 107-80 on Sunday.
James has been monitoring a sore back in training camp. He was kept out of a practice Friday and Blatt is being cautious with the four-time MVP. James emerged from the locker room at halftime with ice wraps on both knees and one on his back. He spent the rest of the night watching his teammates wear down one of Europe’s best squads.
It was an emotional night for Blatt, who led Maccabi to several titles, including the Euroleague championship last year.
Kyrie Irving added 16 points and Kevin Love 11 rebounds for the Cavs.
Sylvan Landesberg scored 23 for Maccabi.