Lots of Love for Cavaliers in win over Heat

Fri Oct 30, 2015 11:34pm EDT
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(The Sports Xchange) - It did not take long for the Cleveland Cavaliers to figure out how to lean on their star forward for victories.

Not that one, the other one.

LeBron James has insisted for days that Kevin Love will be the focal point of the offense this season. On Friday against the Miami Heat, he again showed why.

Love scored 24 points and grabbed 14 rebounds and James added 29 points in a 102-92 win over James' former team in the Cavs' home opener.

Love has had double-doubles in his last two games, and his consecutive three-pointers late in the third quarter gave the Cavs some space after the Heat closed to three points.

"He showed why he's one of the best power forwards in our league," James said. "We need to continue to ride his coattails."

James and Love continued to flash terrific chemistry in the early part of the season after struggling to fit together at times last year. Love has been much more aggressive since returning from offseason shoulder surgery, getting into the lane and attacking the basket.

Love approached James during the summer in Los Angeles before signing his five-year extension and told James he wanted a bigger role on this team. Now he has got it.

"I knew I'd be looking at different spots on the floor," he said. "I welcome that."   Continued...

Cleveland Cavaliers forward Kevin Love (0) pumps his fist after an assist during the third quarter against the Miami Heat at Quicken Loans Arena. Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports