CLEVELAND, Ohio — The Cleveland Cavaliers are back in Cleveland.
This time, they’re in a big way.
The Cavs’ last regular season game in Cleveland, a 109-104 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks, is being played in front of an estimated 1.6 million fans.
And it’s shaping up to be one of the biggest games in the city’s sports history.
The Cavaliers, who are now 6-2 in the first three games of the regular season, are in first place in the Atlantic Division, the second-best record in the Eastern Conference and within a game of the NBA Finals.
And with this season’s first round matchups between the Cavs and New York Knicks, and a first-round matchup between the Cleveland Cavaliers and San Antonio Spurs, it will be an exciting time to be an Cavs fan in the Northeast.
Here are the stats for the Cleveland-Milwaukee game on Wednesday night:In the NBA’s history, there have been nine regular season games that have been played at the Quicken Loans Arena and that have seen attendance increase by more than 300,000 fans.
Cleveland-San Antonio, a 108-96 win in January 2014, was the only game that had attendance increase of more than 25,000 in a single game, according to STATS LLC.
There were more than 2.3 million total tickets sold for the game on Friday night, according the Cavs.
That includes tickets to the NBA All-Star Game on Saturday night, which was sold out.
And there were about 2.5 million tickets sold to Cavs games, the team said.
The Bucks are the third team in the NBA this season to lose their first three regular season matchups to the Cavaliers.
The Cleveland Indians were swept by the Boston Celtics in the playoffs in 2015.
The Warriors, who won the Eastern Division title last season and the Western Conference, have the best record in NBA history, with a winning percentage of .731.
Cleveland has a winning record in eight straight regular season meetings with the Warriors, which also include six straight losses.