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Blatt bests former team as Cavs cruise past Maccabi Tel Aviv

(JTA) – In a game that pitted the Cleveland Cavaliers’ new coach, David Blatt, against his former squad, the NBA team routed Maccabi Tel Aviv. The Oct. 5 game also saw the return of LeBron James to his hometown.

James scored 12 points in playing only the first half of the 107-80 victory over the 2014 Euroleague and Israel Super Basketball League champions.

The exhibition game was scheduled long before Blatt became the Cavs’ coach in June. For Blatt, it was his NBA coaching debut.

“I was nervous before the game, but not because it was the first time I coached in the NBA,” Blatt told reporters. “I was playing against my friends.’’

James, who returned to Cleveland as a free agent after spending four seasons with the Miami Heat, has been bothered by back problems.

More than a dozen of the credentialed reporters were from Israel, according to the Cleveland Jewish News. Blatt conducted a second news conference in Hebrew for the Israeli media following the game.

The game was also billed as Jewish Community Night.

About 50 pro-Palestinian protesters demonstrated outside the arena over comments Blatt made to an Israeli newspaper in the summer in support of Israel’s military operation in Gaza.

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