CLEVELAND: Kyrie Irving had 15 points, including 12 in the third quarter, and the short-handed Cavs beat the Detroit Pistons 96-84 in Thursday’s preseason game at Quicken Loans Arena.
Dion Waiters (right hip) and C.J. Miles (leg) both sat out, joining regulars Jarrett Jack (knee), Tyler Zeller (appendicitis), Andrew Bynum (knees) and rookie Carrick Felix (hernia) on the bench. But it didn’t matter.
Earl Clark had his best showing of the preseason with 10 points and four rebounds on 5 of 9 shooting, Anthony Bennett had 12 points and four rebounds off the bench and Jermaine Taylor was terrific filling in for Miles in the second half with 15 points on the night.
Anderson Varejao had his best performance of the preseason with 10 points and 11 rebounds and rookie Sergey Karasev, starting at shooting guard in place of Waiters, had 10 pounds and three rebounds before fouling out in the fourth quarter after playing 34 minutes.