LeBron leads Cavs over Celtics; Love returns to Boston, scores 20

– LeBron James scored 24 points to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an 89-77 victory over the Boston Celtics on Tuesday night in an uneventful rematch of their bruising first-round playoff series last season.

Kevin Love scored 20 with eight rebounds in his first game back in Boston since Kelly Olynyk yanked his shoulder out of socket in the playoffs.

HIGHLIGHTS

•TRYING AGAIN: Kings guard Rajon Rondo offered a stronger apology Tuesday for directing a gay slur at veteran NBA referee Bill Kennedy, for those who viewed his initial statement as a non-apology. He said, in part: "I want to be clear, from the bottom of my heart, that I am truly sorry for what I said to Bill."

•OUT A WHILE: Bucks guard Greivis Vasquez will be out for at least three months after undergoing surgery on his right ankle. Vasquez, who is averaging 7.1 points, 4.4 assists, had surgery in New York to remove a bone spur and loose bodies.

•HOLDING HIS HORSES: Cavaliers coach David Blatt says he is just being cautious with guards Kyrie Irving and Iman Shumpert. He wants to make sure Irving (broken kneecap) and shooting guard Iman Shumpert (wrist) are ready before they return.

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