CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers got bad news in the morning, but salvaged the night with a resounding win over the Atlanta Hawks at Quicken Loans Arena.
Kyrie Irving led the way with 33 points in the Cavaliers’ 99-83 victory just hours after the team learned Anderson Varejao would need surgery on his right knee and is expected to miss six to eight weeks.
The Wild Thing was not suited up for the 11th straight game, but second-year big man Tristan Thompson picked up the slack with 11 points and 14 rebounds while Tyler Zeller chipped in with 11 points and 12 boards.
Irving was 11 of 15 from the field in scoring those 33 points and he also had four assists and three steals.
The Cavaliers held a 9-point lead at the half and increased the advantage to 14 points after the third quarter and the Wine and Gold maintained things in the final stanza.
Josh Smith led Atlanta with 17 points.