Originally written on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 11/18/14
It was less than a year ago when Kyrie Irving made his forgettable Cavalier debut. Tonight, we saw what a difference experience and confidence made for Kyrie as the Cavaliers survived a Wizards 4th quarter run to come away with a big opening night win. Dion Waiters had a stellar debut, making Cavs fans forget about most of their preseason worries. Waiters finished with 17 points. Kyrie played like the blossoming young superstar that he is, leading all scorers with 29 points. But the story of this game was Anderson Varejao, playing his first Cavaliers game since his season ending injury. Andy more than made up for lost time finishing with 9 points, 23 rebounds (12 of them offensive), 9 assists, and 2 blocks. Sure, this is a depleted Wizards team and without John Wall and Nene to counter Kyrie and Andy, a Cavalier win was to be expected. But never the less, the Cavaliers took care of their business, and they showcased a style of basketball that was just fun to watch (early parts of the 4th quarter not withstanding). The Cavaliers will host the Bulls on Friday before embarking on their first extended road trip of the season. Washington Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts A.J. Price G 29:24 2-13 2-9 1-1 -11 1 2 6 1 0 0 1 1 7 B. Beal G 21:33 2-8 2-4 2-2 -16 0 3 3 2 1 0 0 1 8 E. Okafor C 24:35 4-10 0-0 2-4 -5 5 7 0 1 0 4 0 1 10 T. Ariza F 24:35 3-8 2-4 1-2 -9 1 3 4 0 3 2 0 0 9 T. Booker F 16:45 2-9 0-1 0-0 -15 1 1 1 4 1 1 1 4 4 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 32-90 8-32 12-20 18 39 26 12 11 10 5 19 84 Percentages .356 .250 .600 Team Rebounds: 10 J. Crawford 28:42 4-13 0-6 3-4 0 1 3 5 1 1 1 1 1 11 M. Webster 23:25 4-6 1-3 0-0 -1 0 3 1 0 2 0 0 1 9 J. Vesely 21:14 3-4 0-0 1-4 -2 3 4 1 1 0 1 1 3 7 C. Singleton 17:11 2-7 0-1 0-0 +1 2 4 2 1 2 0 1 2 4 J. Pargo 16:21 2-6 1-4 2-2 +7 0 1 3 1 0 0 0 3 7 E. Barron 16:15 4-6 0-0 0-1 +1 4 8 0 0 1 1 0 2 8 N. Hilario DNP – Inactive C. Martin DNP – Coach’s Decision K. Seraphin DNP – Inactive J. Wall DNP – Inactive Cleveland Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts K. Irving G 34:34 11-20 3-6 4-5 +23 0 6 3 4 0 1 1 4 29 D. Waiters G 28:14 6-14 2-5 3-4 +13 0 2 0 3 3 0 2 0 17 A. Varejao C 37:22 3-7 0-0 3-3 +7 12 23 9 1 0 2 1 4 9 A. Gee F 33:53 2-9 0-2 0-0 +14 2 3 2 3 2 0 3 5 4 T. Thompson F 31:31 5-8 0-0 2-4 +20 3 10 5 2 1 0 2 2 12 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 36-79 7-20 15-22 18 54 22 20 7 5 10 21 94 Percentages .456 .350 .682 Team Rebounds: 13 C.J. Miles 17:42 1-5 0-1 0-0 +2 0 4 1 3 0 0 0 0 2 D. Gibson 16:11 3-5 2-4 2-4 -9 1 3 1 0 0 1 0 2 10 T. Zeller 14:53 2-4 0-0 1-2 +4 0 2 0 0 1 1 1 2 5 D. Sloan 13:26 2-5 0-1 0-0 -13 0 0 1 2 0 0 0 2 4 L. Walton 12:14 1-2 0-1 0-0 -11 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 0 2 O. Casspi DNP – Coach’s Decision L. Harangody DNP – Inactive J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision J. Pargo DNP – Inactive S. Samuels DNP – Coach’s Decision
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