Playing its first game in seven years without LeBron James, the host Cleveland Cavaliers stunned the Celtics 95-87 in their season opener last night, a win that at least for one night gave local fans reason to believe that life will be OK minus the two-time MVP.
J.J. Hickson scored 21 points, Daniel Gibson added 16 - all in the second half - and the Cavs made several clutch plays to hold off the Celtics, who defeated James and the Heat Tuesday night. Rajon Rondo scored 18, Ray Allen 12 and Kevin Garnett had 15 rebounds for Boston, which led by 11 points in the third quarter.
The NBA will hold its 2011 draft in Newark, N.J., while Madison Square Garden undergoes renovations.
Commissioner David Stern says the draft will take place at the Prudential Center on June 23. Stern made the announcement Wednesday before the Nets' season opener against the Detroit Pistons. The Nets will play their home games at the Prudential Center for the next two years before a planned move to Brooklyn.
The draft has been held in New York City since 2001. - AP