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Cavs down Pistons to begin preseason

Dec 17, 2011 - 4:04 AM
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Kyrie Irving, the No. 1 overall pick in this year's draft, scored a game-high 21 points in his professional debut to lead the Cavaliers to a 91-87 exhibition win over the Pistons.

Samardo Samuels and Antawn Jamison chipped in 15 and 13 points, respectively, for Cleveland, which created 21 turnovers and had 21 giveaways in a sloppy game.

Greg Monroe totaled 12 points and 13 rebounds, Austin Daye netted 18 points and Ben Gordon added 17 for the Pistons.