CLEVELAND – Rookie Kyrie Irving scored 22 points in his return after missing three games with a concussion, leading the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 98-87 win Wednesday night over the Indiana Pacers, who dropped their fifth straight.
Irving played for the first time since Feb. 7, when he banged his head following a collision in Miami. The 19-year-old was only cleared to play in the morning by Cavs doctors, who followed the NBA's new guidelines on head injuries during his recovery.
Irving made the Cavs more complete, but they're still without center Anderson Varejao, out indefinitely with a broken wrist. Semih Erden started for Varejao and scored a career-high 18.
Darren Collison scored 18 and Roy Hibbert 17 for Indiana, which was without leading scorer Danny Granger because of a sprained ankle.