Cleveland (WOIO) - The Cavaliers passed their first test of the season with flying colors on Wednesday night, upsetting the Brooklyn Nets on opening night, 98-94 before a packed house at Quicken Loans Arena.
Tristan Thompson led the Cavs with 18 points, but it was Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao who teamed up repeatedly in the fourth quarter to hold off the Nets, who rallied from a ten-point deficit.
Varejao's jumper with 28 seconds left broke a 91-91 tie, and foul shots sealed the deal down the stretch.
Irving finished with 15 points, and Varejao added 11.
Cavaliers center Andrew Bynum, returning from knee injuries and playing in his first game since May of 2012, entered the game to a standing ovation with 3:34 left in the first quarter. Bynum played eight minutes, scoring three points.
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