AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Kyrie Irving scored 21 points in his first exhibition game — including five free throws in the final minute — in the Cleveland Cavaliers' 91-87 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.
Irving, the top pick in this year's draft, wasn't in the starting lineup, but he looked comfortable in what was a sloppy game. Both teams have a lot of work to do before their season openers Dec. 26.
At halftime, Cleveland was shooting 33 percent and had 14 turnovers. Detroit was at 30 percent and 10 turnovers. The teams were sharper in the final two quarters, but this was by no means a masterpiece.
Brandon Knight, the second point guard picked in the draft behind Irving, had nine points for the Pistons.
76ERS 103, WIZARDS 78: At Washington, With new 76ers owner Josh Harris sitting behind a baseline, Lou Williams scored 19 points and Philadelphia beat the cold-shooting and light-defending Wizards before a sparse crowd in the first of two post-lockout exhibition games between the teams. Relying on the core that led them to last season's playoffs, the 76ers shot 51 percent. It was their first game since Harris' group completed its purchase in October. The Wizards unveiled their new red-white-and-blue uniforms, "dc" logo and three draft picks — but looked very much like a young team coming off a 23-win season. They had trouble at both ends of the court, making 33 percent of their shots — which could hasten the return of free-agent Nick Young. John Wall, the No. 1 overall pick in the 2010 draft, scored eight points on 3-for-12 shooting. Andray Blatche had 18 points.
BULLS 95, PACERS 86: At Indianapolis, Derrick Rose and Luol Deng each scored 16 points to help the Bulls beat the Indiana Pacers. C.J. Watson added 15 points for the Bulls. Tyler Hansbrough had 19 points and 12 rebounds, and Paul George added 17 points and 10 rebounds for the Pacers. Danny Granger scored 12 points for Indiana, but was just 5 for 17 from the field. Indianapolis native George Hill scored three points in his first game in a Pacers uniform after being acquired from San Antonio.
HORNETS 97, GRIZZLIES 90: At Memphis, Tenn., Jarrett Jack scored 24 points, Quincy Pondexter and Emeka Okafor added 12 apiece.The Hornets, playing their first game since the trade of star guard Chris Paul to the Los Angeles Clippers this week, scored six straight points to take a 95-89 lead. Trevor Ariza scored 11 points for New Orleans, and Carldell Johnson finished with 10, while playing only in the fourth quarter. Tony Allen led Memphis with 17 points, while Rudy Gay and Jeremy Pargo scored 15 each. O.J. Mayo had 12, but was 5 of 15 from the field..