Found December 28, 2011 on Fox Sports Detroit:
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Rookie Kyrie Irving had 14 points and seven assists to help the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Detroit 105-89 on Wednesday night, spoiling the Pistons' first home opener with new owner Tom Gores. Reserve Samardo Samuels scored 17 and Ramon Sessions had 16 points off the bench for the Cavaliers, who got 15 points from Antawn Jamison and 10 points apiece from Anderson Varejao and rookie Tristan Thompson. Detroit Ben Gordon had 25 points and rookie reserve Brandon Knight scored 23. Sessions made the last shot of the first quarter to put the Cavs ahead for good and they turned the game into a rout in the fourth quarter. Rodney Stuckey scored 11 points for the Pistons, who got 10 points apiece from Tayshaun Prince and Greg Monroe. Gores watched the whole game from his suite. He was joined by the former owner, Karen Davidson, who searched for a buyer after her husband, William, died in 2009. The new owner took William Davidson's name off the court and put it in the rafters, unveiling William Davidson's signature along with 1974-2009 -- the years he owned the three-time championship franchise -- above new banners of retired jerseys during a first-half ceremony. Cleveland's coaches and players left their bench after the national anthem to avoid the elaborate pregame festivities, then returned to take care of business in a matchup of rebuilding teams. The Cavs look like they'll have more to work with this season, especially with Irving leading the way as a point guard who can create shots for teammates and himself. Irving, the No. 1 pick overall, was sensational in the first half. He had 12 points on 5 of 7 shooting with five assists, three rebounds and two steals at halftime. The former Duke star bounced back from a six-point performance in his NBA debut, a loss to Toronto. Cleveland stayed in control of the game in the second and third quarters, then turned the game into a rout with a dominant final quarter as a once-raucous and mostly filled arena turned quiet and almost empty. Cavs owner Dan Gilbert, who like Gores graduated from Michigan State, attended the game and told a handful of reporters that his franchise is committed to a rebuilding process that started when LeBron James bolted to play for the Miami Heat in the summer of 2010. Gilbert said it seemed like "10 years ago" that James left, adding he doesn't think about the superstar that spurned his homestate team anymore. NOTES: The Cavs added guard Manny Harris to their NBDL team, the Canton Charge. They cut the former Michigan star after he missed training camp with a burn on his right foot that Cavs doctors couldn't treat during the NBA lockout. ... Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh was featured during a part of the pregame festivities and watched the game from a front-row seat.
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