CLEVELAND — The Cleveland Cavaliers welcomed the Indiana Pacers to Quicken Loans Arena Wednesday night after three days of rest. The Pacers, on the other hand, were coming off of a big loss to the Miami Heat Tuesday night, and it showed.
Cleveland’s rookie sensation didn’t miss a beat after sitting out three games with a concussion. Kyrie Irving hit his first three shots after spending a week nursing a concussion. His presence was known early after leading all scorers with 12 points to end the first quarter.
The Cavs led 32-20 going into the second and shot an astonishing 62 percent from the field. The hot hands continued and the Cavs led by 18 at the half, 56-38, making just under 58 percent of their shots. Irving was scoreless in the second quarter, but Semih Erden chipped in 11 points and had his best performance yet. Erden was 5-5 at the half.
Cleveland maintained an 18-point lead through the third quarter, but with a little over eight minutes to play, Daniel Gibson suffered an ankle sprain when he landed wrong after a three point attempt. The Cavs maintained the lead and finished with a 98-87 home win.
Irving notched 22 points and five assists. Erden finished with a career high 18 points and eight rebounds. The Cavs host the Miami Heat home on Friday. Tipoff is set for 7:30.