Kyrie Irving scored 12 points and played 18 minutes in his season debut as the Cleveland Cavaliers marched on to a 108-86 victory Sunday over the Philadelphia 76ers, who lost their 10th straight and fell to 1-28.
LeBron James led all scorers with 23 points, while backup point guard Matthew Dellavedova added 20 points.
Irving was on the floor for the first time since breaking his left kneecap in Game 1 of the NBA Finals against Golden State. The Cavs managed without him, going 17-7 to start the season.
“Kind of been a long, long road, but finally getting out there with my teammates was a pleasure,” Irving said post game.
Cavs coach David Blatt said the team’s plans with Irving worked to perfection, but he would not say when the guard’s minutes will increase.
Next up for the Cavs is a home game against New York Knicks on Wednesday before travelling to face the Golden State Warriors in an NBA finals rematch on Christmas Day.