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7.1 million watched Heat-Cavs game

NEW YORK -- LeBron James' return to Cleveland was a boon for TNT.

The cable network reported that the Miami Heat's game against the Cavaliers on Thursday night delivered a 4.2 rating, which translates to nearly 7.1 million viewers.

James scored 38 points against his former team in the Heat's 118-90 rout. It was the two-time league MVP's first game in Cleveland since signing with Miami in the offseason.

The game earned a 25.4 rating in Miami and a 14.9 rating in Cleveland.

Ratings represent the percentage of all homes with TVs tuned into a program.