CLEVELAND, OH (WOIO) - LeBron James was welcomed with open arms by the Cleveland Cavaliers faithful.
The 15-year-vet made the move to LA after a disappointing sweep in the 2017 NBA Finals, but was still met with a warm embrace by fans in the arena.
This was James' first public appearance in Northeast Ohio, since the opening of the IPromise School in Akron.
During an extended timeout in the first quarter fans rose to their feet for a video tribute in honor of the superstar.
After the theatrics the Cavaliers got down to business.
They got off to a slow start early, but solid play out of Tristan Thompson and Colin Sexton gave the Cavs the advantage at halftime.
The Cavaliers were playing well-rounded basketball and became the first team this season to end the first half without a turnover.
It was a close game throughout the second half, with plenty of lead changes late.
The Cavs got very solid contribution from starters, Cedi Osman finished with 21 points, and Jordan Clarkson had 20 against his former team.
All of the Lakers' starters were in double figures, James filled the stat sheet with 32 points, 14 rebounds and 7 assists.
Ultimately, untimely fouls and the charity stripe led to the Lakers win.
Quicken Loans Arena wasn't his only stop in Northeast Ohio. Earlier this evening James stopped in Akron to visit students at the brand new IPromise School.
The homecoming game obviously meant a lot to the 33-year-old, he wore a subtle reminder of his upbringing on his game shoes.