by Brandon Richard

In one of the most anticipated matchups of the NBA season, LeBron James led his Cleveland Cavaliers into Miami, where his former teammates with the Heat were waiting.

The game started with applause for James during introductions, followed by boos after tip-off. Then, another ovation as the Heat played a video tribute to their former leader during a 1st quarter timeout. Overcome with emotion, James held back tears as he acknowledged the Miami faithful.

Dwayne Wade exchanged a few pleasantries with his friend during breaks, but he was all business on the court. Wade turned back the clock with 31 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists in a surprising 101-91 Heat victory. James had 30 points, 4 rebounds and 8 assists.

James dropped his 30 in the 'Akron Birch' Nike LeBron 12, inspired by the frigid winters back in his hometown. The special colorway releases tomorrow at nike.com.

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Akron Birch (9)

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Akron Birch (2)

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Akron Birch (3)

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Akron Birch (4)

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Akron Birch (5)

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Akron Birch (6)

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Akron Birch (7)

LeBron James wearing Nike LeBron XII 12 Akron Birch (8)

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