7:00 PM ET, November 1, 2013
Time Warner Cable Arena, Charlotte, NC
A balanced scoring attack was enough to give the Cleveland Cavaliers what they needed to come out victorious in their opening game for a second straight season. A 2-0 start has been a little more difficult to come by.
The Cavs will try to accomplish that feat for the first time in seven NBA seasons when they visit the Charlotte Bobcats.
Cleveland had seven players with at least nine points, led by Tristan Thompson’s 18, but they needed Anderson Varejao’s jumper with 28 seconds left and Kyrie Irving’s four late free throws for a 98-94 victory versus the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday.
Irving had 15 points – even while missing 12 of 16 shots — along with nine assists and seven rebounds. Varejao scored five of his 11 points in the final 1:43.
The Cavaliers also got a smalls glimpse of new center Andrew Bynum, who played in his first game since the 2012 playoffs with the Los Angeles Lakers.
Bynum was traded to the Philadelphia 76ers in August of that year but never played a minute for the Sixers because of problems with his knees. He signed a two-year contract with the Cavs in July, and had three points, three rebounds, two blocks and two assists in less than eight minutes.
Cleveland, who is seeking their first 2-0 start since the 2006-07 season, are expected to limit the 26 year-old’s minutes for the near future.
Charlotte also has a new center in Al Jefferson.
Jefferson signed a three-year, $41 million deal with the struggling franchise in July. After missing much of the preseason with a sprained right ankle, he had 13 points on 6-of-19 shooting and eight rebounds in his debut Wednesday, a 96-83 defeat versus the Houston Rockets.