Delonte West scored 13 points in his delayed season debut, Mo Williams added 24, and LeBron James 14 as the Cavaliers, back at full strength, rolled to a 90-79 win over the Charlotte Bobcats last night in Cleveland.
Williams scored 12 in the fourth quarter - all on 3-pointers - and James added nine assists and seven rebounds for the Cavs, now 2-2 after an 0-2 start.
West’s turbulent offseason finally brought him back to the floor. After missing all eight preseason games and Cleveland’s first three of the regular season to deal with personal issues, the troubled and valuable West was cleared by team doctors. He went 5 of 7 from the field in 24 minutes.
“I thought he played terrific. He’s been off and we had to walk him through a few plays here and there,’’ Williams said, chuckling. “But besides that, he’s just a basketball player. He knows the game. He knows the spots on the floor. He’s familiar with us and it was great to have him back.’’
Vladimir Radmanovic scored 12 to lead Charlotte, which is winless in 10 trips to Cleveland.
The Cavaliers trailed, 46-45, early in the third before going on a 21-8 run - much of it with center Shaquille O’Neal on the bench - to open a 14-point lead entering the fourth.
West came off the bench with 4:22 left in the first quarter and received a standing ovation from the Quicken Loans Arena crowd.
The former Celtic, who has been treated in the past for bipolar disorder, was arrested in September for carrying three concealed weapons when he was pulled over by Maryland police. Last week, his wife filed a domestic violence report against him.
West, who has not spoken to reporters since media day last month, was not available for comment after the game.
“Steps were followed and this is the next step of his process,’’ general manager Danny Ferry said in explaining the decision to activate West. “We’re taking it one day at a time, but he’s doing well.’’
76ers 141, Knicks 127 - Andre Iguodala scored 32 points, including the go-ahead 3-point play in overtime, as visiting Philadelphia blew a 23-point lead before beating New York .
Lou Williams added 27 points, 10 rebounds, and 7 assists for the 76ers, who seemed headed for a quick knockout. Instead, they barely held on at the end after a furious Knicks rally ended with an overtime loss for the second time in two nights.
Al Harrington responded to a demotion with a career-high 42 points, but fouled out with the Knicks leading by 3 in overtime. Danilo Gallinari, who replaced him in the lineup, finished with a career-best 30.
Wizards 123, Nets 104 - Gilbert Arenas scored 32 points, including a halfcourt buzzer-beater at the end of the first quarter, Andray Blatche scored a career-high 30, and host Washington routed New Jersey.
Chris Douglas-Roberts had a career-high 25 points for the Nets.
Mavericks 93, Clippers 84 - Dirk Nowitzki scored 24 points and Jason Terry came off the bench to score 16, leading Dallas to a weekend sweep of the two teams in Los Angeles.
Spurs 113, Kings 94 - Tony Parker scored 24 points and Richard Jefferson added 21, leading host San Antonio over Sacramento.
Rockets 111, Trail Blazers 107 - Trevor Ariza scored a career-high 33 points and Houston held on to beat visiting Portland despite a 42-point effort by Brandon Roy.
Bucks 96, Pistons 85 - Rookie Brandon Jennings scored 21 of his 24 points in the second half, Hakim Warrick came off the bench to add 21, and Milwaukee beat Detroit in its home opener.