CLEVELAND (AP) -- Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in his return after missing three games with a concussion, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 98-87 win Wednesday night over the reeling Indiana Pacers, who dropped their fifth straight.
Irving played for the first time since Feb. 7, when he banged his head following a collision in Miami. The 19-year-old rookie was only cleared to play in the morning by Cavs doctors, who followed the NBA's new guidelines on head injuries during his recovery.
Irving made the Cavs more complete, but they're still without center Anderson Varejao, sidelined indefinitely with a broken wrist. Semih Erden started for Varejao and scored a career-high 18 points.
Darren Collison scored 18 and Roy Hibbert 17 for Indiana, which was without leading scorer Danny Granger because of a sprained ankle. Dahntay Jones had only three points as Granger's replacement.
Irving said he felt fully recovered and was excited to be back on the floor.
And it showed.