Howard Smith-US PRESSWIRE
It was no Kyrie, no problem for the Cavs in their first game without their star point guard.
The Cleveland Cavaliers (3-8) were without Kyrie Irving for the first time on Wednesday night after the reigning Rookie of the Year suffered a hairline fracture in his hand that will sideline him for a month. But thanks to the play of Jeremy Pargo, it was a bit hard to tell. Pargo poured in 28 points to lead Cleveland to a 92-83 victory over the Philadelphia 76ers (5-5) in his first start of the season.
Pargo's 28 points was surprising enough, but it was doubly impressive considering that he was matched up against Jrue Holiday, who is one of the better point guard defenders in the NBA. Pargo had no trouble getting his shot, though, as he shot 11-19 from the field and 4-8 from three. He also added four assists and five rebounds.
Anderson Varejao had another stellar game for the Cavs, pulling down 19 rebounds to go along with 10 points. Dion Waiters scored 16 points as his role in Cleveland's offense increased even more, but he shot just 7-22 from the field. C.J. Miles was also in double digits off the bench with 13 points.
Cleveland also put the clamps on Philadelphia's offense, holding them to just 36 percent shooting from the field including 4-17 from three.
The Cavs will be off until Friday night when they'll travel to face the Orlando Magic.