Reporting Matt Loede
CLEVELAND (92.3 The Fan) – It wasn’t a pretty start for the Cavs, but it was a win, as Byron Scott’s team took home a 91-85 win over Italy’s Montepaschi Siena.
Kyrie Irving, the reigning NBA Rookie of the Year, scored 10 points for the Cavs in the victory.
“A good start, as far as the total game,” Cavs coach Byron Scott said. “Obviously I didn’t like the way we started the first half or played the first half, I think our guys came out they said they were stuck in the mud.
“I think it’s just getting outplayed by somebody else.”
The Cavs leading scorer was the new slim and trim Samardo Samuels, who tallied 14 points. Donald Sloan added 13, as overall the Cavaliers had six players score in double figures.
Bobby Brown scored a game-high 22 points for Siena while Matt Janning added 21.
Irving, who broke his right hand practicing with the summer league team in July, played 21 minutes and had three assists.
Rookie Dion Waiters, taken by the Cavs with the fourth pick in the draft, scored 11 points off the bench. This despite his first shot being a three-point attempt that was an air ball.
C.J. Miles started at shooting guard and scored 10 points. Scott said before the game Waiters would have to earn a spot in the starting lineup.
The Cavs started the night slow, not hitting a basket until about three minutes into the contest. Siena jumped out to a 15-8 with 4:34 left in the first quarter.
The end of the first quarter saw the Cavaliers trail 22-17.
The second quarter saw the Cavs finally start hit some shots, as Irving took control, putting in 9 by the end of the half to lead the Cavs, who still trailed 36-33.
Samuels put in six points off the bench for the Cavs, and Tristan Thompson added four.
Siena got 11 points from Janning, who was 4-for-8 from the field. Daniel Hackett put in six for the visitors.
The Cavs offense finally caught fire in the third quarter, putting up 30 points, taking a 63-60 lead at the end of three.
The fourth quarter saw the Cavs hang in, and by the end they were able to outscore Siena 28-25 to hang on for the victory.
The Cavs will play a preseason game on Tuesday night in Canton at the Canton Civic Center against the Milwaukee Bucks. Tipoff is at 7pm.