LeBron James wasn't lying when he said that Kevin Love was the focal point of the offense, and tonight was a perfect example of how truthful that statement was. Behind the strength of both Love and James, the Cleveland Cavaliers beat the Miami Heat in impressive fashion, 102-92.
For as close as the score was for most of the game, it really was all Cleveland in this one. Only until early in the fourth quarter did the Cavs have a double-digit lead, but for how well Love and James played, it felt like this game was dominated in its entirety by Cleveland.
Love, who has looked better in the first two games this year than he did last year, showed more than flashes that he can still play to the level he did back in Minnesota. He finished with 24 points, 14 rebounds and five assists, but is wasn't just the stats that made Love look as impressive as he did. He was aggressive on rebounds, slinging nifty passes in the post and overall looking more comfortable in the offense this one game than he did all of last season.
James, despite Love's big night, was able to get his own on his own terms, and did so in en efficient way. James, who finished with a game-high 29 points, did most of his work in the post, where he opened up his array of moves on whoever had the unfortunate task of trying to stop him -- especially rookie Justise Winslow, who LeBron welcomed to the league by putting him to work on the block.
Not only was it nice seeing both James and Love play well at the same time, but instead it was how they played that helped jumpstart the offense. The ball never stuck and was moving at a frantic pace; a big reason the Cavs finished with 25 assists. To say the least, it was beautiful to watch.
Outside of the Big 2, Tristan Thompson looked like the player that just got paid $82 million, finishing with 13 points, nine rebounds and hitting a 15-foot jump shot that he took with some sort of confidence. He was also active on the defensive end, culminating that effort with a powerful block on a Chris Bosh dunk attempt.
As for James and Love, this is the type of game that many expected over the past year when this team was first put together, especially with Kyrie Irving out with an injury. And if this continues until Irving comes back, no one can predict just how great this offense can be.