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LeBron James stars on Cleveland return

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Miami Heat superstar LeBron James enjoyed a successful return to Cleveland last night, scoring 28 points as Erik Spoelstra's team secured a routine 95-84 victory over the Cavaliers at Quicken Loans Arena.

28-year-old James was selected by the Cavaliers with the first pick of the 2003 NBA draft and established a formidable reputation as one of the league's very best talents during his subsequent seven-year spell in Cleveland.

Despite having given such great service in Ohio, however, James quickly went from admired hero to Cavalier zero in the summer of 2010 after opting against a new deal and instead choosing to join the Heat in a now infamous saga known as 'The Decision'. 

He was subject to extreme vitriol on his first return to his former franchise, but it has rarely phased the four-time NBA MVP who secured a 10th win for the Heat in the 11th game he has played agains the Cavs since moving to Florida.

The reaction seemed far mellower in some quarters this time around, however, with ESPN reporting that a group of fans spent raised the huge total of $50,000 and spent it on billboards and t-shirts emblazoned 'Come home LeBron'.

James' future has been the subject of much speculation for months now, with the two-time Olympic gold medal winner - who also grabbed eight rebounds and dished eight assists last night - able to opt out of his Heat contract next summer.

"It's very flattering," James was quoted by ESPN.

"Anytime you have fans who appreciate the way you play, it's humbling. I'm not talking about free agency right now," James said. "My only concern is winning a third championship."

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