CLEVELAND: LeBron James walked off the court in frustration at bad passes and silly turnovers on Saturday (Sunday in Manila) — and that was with Cleveland leading by a game-high 26 points in an NBA romp over Atlanta.
The superstar playmaker had 19 points, 11 rebounds and eight assists while Kevin Love had 25 points and 11 rebounds to spark the Cavaliers, who boosted the best record in the Eastern Conference to 10-3.
But the most memorable moment in the rout came when James watched Jared Cunningham throw a bad pass out of bounds, then abruptly signaled to be replaced by a substitute and stormed off the court for a seat on the bench.
The Cavaliers didn’t have enough time to get a replacement into the game and were whistled for a technical foul for only having four players on the court.
“I blew a gasket,” said James, who apolo¬-gized to his teammates after the game.
“He was frustrated, knew we weren’t playing right,” Cavaliers coach Dave Blatt said. “I understand his frustration but obviously you shouldn’t do that.”
Blatt said he didn’t like first half shot selection and lamented bad passes, turnovers and defensive breakdowns in the second half.
“It was kind of disjointed in terms of how well we played at some moments and then how helter-skelter and off-keel we played at other moments,” Blatt said. “That’s not what we should be. We know better than that, let’s put it that way.”