CLEVELAND — The Cavaliers welcomed two new players onto the court Friday night and it’s a good thing they did as the reserves sparked a comeback win over the Milwaukee Bucks, 113-108.
Recently acquired players Marreese Speights and Wayne Ellington played key roles, as did Shaun Livingston and Luke Walton, in the victory.
Both were able to play as coach Byron Scott waived his long-standing rule that new players have to have a full practice before they can play. Speights scored 10 with 6 boards, while Ellington hit a three-pointer to give the Cavs the lead for good.
However, the star of the night once again was All Star Kyrie Irving. Though he was on the bench while the reserves took the lead, he came on to close out the game.
Irving finished with 35 points with 24 of them coming after halftime. Tristan Thompson had 18 for the Cavs but gave way to Speights down the stretch.
Shaun Livingston was a key figure off the bench, knocking down 12 points. Luke Walton scored 5 and dished out 7 assists.
The Bucks were led in scoring by Ersan Ilysova, who scored 30 points.