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LeBron and the Cavaliers beat the Heat in Rio

LeBron and the Cavaliers beat the Heat in Rio

Posted by Liliana Castaño on October 13, 2014

 LeBron James scored seven points while playing only 20 minutes against his former team, and the Cleveland Cavaliers went on to beat the Miami Heat 122-119 in overtime Saturday in an exhibition game in Brazil.

Kevin Love, who was acquired by Cleveland a month after James left the Heat to return to Ohio, finished with 25 points in an entertaining game in the beachfront city that will host the 2016 Olympics.

Chris Bosh led Miami with 19 points. The Cavaliers are 2-0 in the preseason, and the Heat fell to 0-3.

James shook hands with the Heat starters at the tipoff but made little eye contact. James said in practices in Rio that there was no bad blood.

"He's on another team," the Heat's Chris Bosh said Friday. "I think he'd understand that. I understand that. We'll have plenty of time to talk in the summer, and that's how it is now."

The real tension between the Heat and Cavs comes Dec. 25, when the teams meet for the first time in the regular season.

James struggled in the first half Saturday and played little after that, but his new team carried him. He finished 2-of-8 from the field and 3-of-7 from the free throw line, although he did have eight assists.

According to a report this week by Forbes, James overtook Tiger Woods as the most marketable athlete in the world.

 

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