Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA: Thomas Returns, Sparks Cavs

Newspaper article St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)

NBA: Thomas Returns, Sparks Cavs

Article excerpt

Isaiah Thomas showed flashes of what made him an All-Star in his long-awaited Cleveland debut as the Cavaliers snapped a three-game losing streak with a 127-110 win at home over Portland on Tuesday night.

He scored 17 points and played 19 minutes in his first game in seven months, an impressive return for the dynamic point guard. Thomas added three 3-pointers and three assists before leaving with 8:10 left and the Cavs ahead by 12 points.

LeBron James scored 24 points, Kevin Love had 19 and Jae Crowder added 15 for the Cavs, who were coming off losses at Golden State, Sacramento and Utah.

Damian Lillard scored 25 for the Blazers after missing five games because of a hamstring injury. Jusuf Nurkic added 23.

Cavs coach Tyrone Lue plans to keep close tabs on Thomas' minutes over the next few weeks while he builds up stamina and confidence. …

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