Thomas' Cavs debut ends in win over Trail Blazers
Isaiah Thomas made his Cleveland Cavaliers debut on Tuesday with an impressive performance in the NBA.
Making his Cavs debut after missing more than two months with a hip injury, Thomas came off the bench to score 17 points with three assists in just 19 minutes in a 127-110 win over the Portland Trail Blazers.
LeBron James led the Cavs' balanced scoring attack with 24 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Six Cavs reached double figures Tuesday, including Kevin Love's 19 points and seven rebounds.
Cleveland outscored the Trail Blazers 31-13 in nine minutes with Thomas on the court and James on the bench. That sort of dynamic will give Tyronn Lue plenty of flexibility with lineups. The Cavs once again have two elite offensive weapons that can carry the scoring for bursts.
Damian Lillard returned for the Trail Blazers after a five-game absence due to a hamstring injury to score a game-high 25 points with six assists. Portland have now lost two of their last three games, but remain in the playoff picture in the West.
LEONARD IMPRESSES FOR SPURS
Spurs star Kawhi Leonard scored a season-high 25 points in a season-high 31 minutes, leading San Antonio to a 100-91 win over the Knicks. Leonard also had eight rebounds, four assists and four steals, proving he is nearly back to All-Star form.
ULIS UNABLE TO DELIVER FOR SUNS
The Suns' search for a point guard since Eric Bledsoe's departure has not been going well, and Tyler Ulis proved Tuesday in a 104-103 win over the Hawks that he is likely not the answer. Ulis scored just four points in 24 minutes with five assists and three turnovers. The Suns are young, and Devin Booker is an elite scorer, but they need a leader to run their offense to consistently contend.
Manu Ginobili hit a crazy three-pointer, and the officials and Knicks did not even realise he scored.
Manu Gonna Manu... pic.twitter.com/MvHsjuqJLu— San Antonio Spurs (@spurs) January 3, 2018
Willie Cauley-Stein went with an emphatic slam.
Cleveland Cavaliers 127-110 Portland Trail Blazers
San Antonio Spurs 100-91 New York Knicks
Phoenix Suns 104-103 Atlanta Hawks
Charlotte Hornets 131-111 Sacramento Kings
Los Angeles Clippers 113-105 Memphis Grizzlies
CAVALIERS AT CELTICS
Just back in action, Thomas will head back to Boston where he became a star. The Celtics, despite a myriad of injury woes, have won three straight games to remain atop the Eastern Conference standings. The Cavs now have their full arsenal and look set to do some damage.