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James couldn't remember his first thought at learning of the deal, but he knew he liked it.
"I knew the type of player that he was," James said. "He has explosiveness. He took over games."
He did against the Cavs. Williams helped Milwaukee go 3-1 against Cleveland last season, averaging 26 points and nine assists in the four games.
This season, Williams has stabilized Cleveland's backcourt, given the club another scoring option and become the point guard the Cavs have coveted since James turned pro. Williams has been everything the Cavs could have hoped for.
"Even a little bit more," James said.
Notes: Longtime Cavs radio play-by-play announcer Joe Tait led the crowd in a standing ovation before the opening tip for former Indians pitcher and broadcaster Herb Score, who died Tuesday at the age of 75. Tait called Indians games on the radio alongside Score from 1973-79. ... The Cavs came in shooting 85 percent (76-of-89) on free throws in their past three games, their highest percentage in a three-game span since 2005. Cleveland went 26-of-32 from the line.
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