Irving leads Cavaliers, tops Rose’s 30pts for Bulls

Derrick Rose

COLUMBUS, Ohio (Sporting Alert) — Kyrie Irving scored 28 points and seven assists and Anderson Varejao added 22 points and eight rebounds for the Cleveland Cavaliers to beat the Chicago Bulls 107-98 in preseason at Ohio State on Monday night.

Irving shot 10 of 19 from the field, while Varejao went 10 of 13 from the floor in the victory for Cleveland.

LeBron James finished with 18 points, seven rebounds and six assist for the Cavaliers, which shot 48.8 percent from the field.

Derrick Rose scored a game high 32 points on 12 of 18 shooting, including 4 of 5 from three point range to paced the Chicago Bulls in the defeat.

Rose, who scored 20 of his total points in the first half, played just 24 minutes in the exhibition and he said he liked playing against the new-look Cavs.

“I’m used to playing with very good people and very good talent,” he said. “That’s all they’ve got on that team, is talent.

“You know when you play against them; you know you’ve got to come out here and ball.”

Pau Gasol had 12 points and eight rebounds and Taj Gibson supported with 12 points five boards, two steals and two blocks off the bench for Chicago, which wraps up its final preseason against the Minnesota Timberwolves on Friday.

Cleveland (5-1) was bouncing back from the 108-102 defeat to the Dallas Mavericks last Friday.

On Wednesday night, the Cavaliers take on the Memphis Grizzlies at FedExForum in their final preseason contest before facing Carmelo Anthony and the New York Knicks in their regular season opener on Oct. 30.

Tristan Thompson and Dion Waiters, who scored 10 points each, were the other scorers in double figures for the Cavs, while Kevin Love, who shot just 2 of 10 from the floor and 0-5 from 3s, pulled down 13 rebounds.

The fans at the Schottenstein Center were happy to see the likes of James, Love and Irving on the court at the same time, and so too was Cleveland coach David Blatt, who played his star players for most of the game.

“What I really liked obviously tonight is we had Kevin, Kyrie and LeBron on the court at the same time” said Blatt.

“We got a fair view of that. I thought it went fairly well.”

Blatt was also delighted to see Rose back on the court, following his time out because of injuries.

“As a basketball person, it’s great to see him back,” he said. “He means something to this league. It’s good for the NBA. I don’t know if it’s good for us.”

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