Cavaliers still possess the magic
LEBRON James and the Cleveland Cavaliers looked every inch the reigning NBA champions on Wednesday, opening the pre-season with a 117-102 victory over the Orlando Magic.
The Cavaliers led by as many as 31 points, even with Kyrie Irving taking a night off.
The team preferred to rest their star guard after his exertions in helping the United States to win Olympic gold in Rio de Janeiro.
James, coming off his third NBA Finals Most Valuable Player Award after leading the Cavs over the Golden State Warriors in last season's championship series, bagged seven points on three-of-four shooting.
He logged six assists in 13 minutes on the court.
Kevin Love added eight points and four rebounds in 13 minutes.
James and Love were the only starters from those who opened game seven of the NBA Finals against Golden State.
Cavs reserve Jordan McRae led all players with 20 points, seven rebounds and five assists in 24 minutes of action.
The Cavaliers will launch their title defence in earnest on Oct 25, when they host the New York Knicks on the opening night of the regular season.
The Cavs will raise their championship banner that night and receive their championship rings.