Irving scores 12 in return to Cavaliers
CLEVELAND – Kyrie Irving scored 12 points in 17 minutes in his season debut and LeBron James had 23, leading the Cavaliers to a 108-86 victory Sunday over the Philadelphia 76ers.
Back on the floor for the first time since breaking his left kneecap in Game 1 of the NBA Finals, Irving showed some rust, but that didn't matter.
"Kind of been a long, long road, but finally getting out there with my teammates was a pleasure," Irving said. The Cavs managed without him, going 17-7 to start the season. But Cleveland is more complete with the All-Star point guard healthy and back.
The Cavs plan to ease Irving into the rotation, building up his stamina before extending his minutes.
•BOSH PACES HEAT: Chris Bosh scored 29 points, and Hassan Whiteside shook off a slow first half to finish with 22 points, and Miami beat visiting Portland 116-109.
•KORVER SPARKS HAWKS: Kyle Korver scored 13 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and Atlanta rallied to beat host Orlando 103-100.
•COOL AT THE LINE: Khris Middleton scored 11 of his 26 points in the fourth quarter to lift the Bucks past the Suns in Phoenix, 101-95. Middleton hit four free throws in the final five seconds.
•RONDO DOUBLES UP: Rajon Rondo had 19 points and 13 assists, Rudy Gay scored 19 points against his former team and Sacramento beat the host Raptors 104-94.
•QUEASY DOES IT: Anthony Davis left after the first quarter with an illness only to return in the fourth and finish with 27 points, lifting the Pelicans to a 130-125 win over the host Nuggets.
•KIDD TO HAVE SURGERY: Milwaukee Bucks coach Jason Kidd is taking an indefinite leave to have hip surgery. Assistant coach Joe Prunty will direct the team in Kidd's absence.