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"If I was back in Cleveland, it would be a little different," Brown said of his reunion game. "But a lot of faces on that team have changed."
Brown remains grateful to Gilbert for his first chance to be a head coach, and he took zero satisfaction in the Cavs' total collapse after he left. Cleveland won 19 games last season and is trying to rebuild behind No. 1 pick Irving.
NOTES: Metta World Peace didn't play for the Lakers. The team said the veteran forward is struggling with back spasms and an Achilles' tendon problem, although he wasn't listed on the pregame injury report. ... Lakers F Josh McRoberts returned from a six-game absence with a sprained big toe, but played just 4 first-half minutes. F Troy Murphy also returned from an illness, and Jason Kapono returned from a two-game absence while his wife gave birth to twins. ... Fans included Adam Sandler, Tobey Maguire, Joe Walsh, A.C. Green and three-time U.S. Olympic boxer Rau'Shee Warren.
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