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Cavs Vs. Pistons: Kyrie Irving Scores 21 In Professional Debut As Cleveland Drops Detroit, 91-87

It was only a preseason game, but No. 1 overall draft pick Kyrie Irving looks like he has a promising future. 

Irving started at point guard for the Cavs in his professional debut instead of Ramon Sessions and scored 14 first half points en route to leading all scorers with 21. He was only 4-for-14 shooting, but he hit 13 of 15 free throw attempts. He added six rebounds, three assists, and two steals as well. 

Cleveland's other Top 5 pick from the summer's draft, Tristan Thompson, also showed flashes in his debut. He finished with eight points and four rebounds in 22 minutes. 

Austin Daye led the Pistons with 18 points on 6-for-12 shooting and added six rebounds and five blocks in 26 minutes. Second year big man Greg Monroe had 12 points and 13 rebounds after having 21 double-doubles during his rookie campaign. 

The Cavs return to Cleveland to close out their home-and-home preseason with the Pistons on Tuesday. Tip off is at 7 p.m. eastern time. 

Photographs by spatulated, Triple Tri, and chrischappelear used in background montage under Creative Commons. Thank you.