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Thompson, Irving lead Cavaliers past Bucks in preseason opener 99-87

  • Milwaukee Bucks' Miroslav Raduljica, top, from Serbia, fouls Cleveland Cavaliers' Anthony Bennett during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Milwaukee Bucks' Miroslav Raduljica, top, from Serbia, fouls Cleveland Cavaliers' Anthony Bennett during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova (7), from Turkey, holds his ankle after an injury during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Milwaukee Bucks' Ersan Ilyasova (7), from Turkey, holds his ankle after an injury during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game against the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

  • Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) jumps to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks' Luke Ridnour (13) and John Henson during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

    Cleveland Cavaliers' Dion Waiters (3) jumps to the basket against Milwaukee Bucks' Luke Ridnour (13) and John Henson during the first half of an NBA preseason basketball game Tuesday, Oct. 8, 2013, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)  (The Associated Press)

Tristan Thompson scored 17 points, Kyrie Irving added 14 and the Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 99-87 in the preseason opener for both teams Tuesday night.

Cavaliers coach Mike Brown returned to the Cleveland bench for the first time since being fired following the 2009-10 season. Brown coached the Lakers in 2011-12 before being let go five games into last season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo, an 18-year-old guard from Greece who was the Bucks' first-round draft choice, scored 14 points. Stephen Graham led Milwaukee with 15.

Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova left the game in the second quarter with a sprained right ankle and was helped to the locker room. He did not return and scored six points in nine minutes.