The roar went up with 3:40 left in the first quarter of the Cavaliers' 98-94 victory over the Brooklyn Nets in the season opener before a rocking-and-rolling sellout crowd on Wednesday night at The Q.
For the first time since May 21, 2012, former All-Star center Andrew Bynum was checking into an NBA game. He wound up playing just 7:34, finishing with three points, three rebounds, two assists, two blocked shots, a turnover and a foul, making one of five shots and the only free throw he attempted.
"Kind of like riding a bike,'' Bynum said. "Outside of offense, I think I played pretty well for playing for the first time in about a year and half. The timing [on offense] was bad, but defensively it's not about timing, it's just about effort. I think I went out there and played hard.''
Bynum's performance was overshadowed by those of several teammates, including Kyrie Irving, who finished with 15 points, nine assists, seven rebounds and four clutch free throws in the last 13.7 seconds;...