Cleveland Cavaliers

Kyrie Irving and Anderson Varejao Lead the Cavs to Victory in Season Opener

CLEVELAND, OH - OCTOBER 30: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives the lane during the second half  against the Washington Wizards at Quicken Loans Arena on October 30, 2012 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Wizards 94-84. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)
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Jordan BallCorrespondent IOctober 31, 2012

In a game that wasn't as close as the 94-84 final indicated, the Cleveland Cavaliers sailed past the Wizards to start off the season on the right foot at 1-0. 

Reigning Rookie of the Year, Kyrie Irving, led his team to victory with a game high 29 points on 11-20 shooting (55%), including hitting three-of-six from downtown. 

This was the second highest scoring display of his career, with him dropping 32 in a loss to New Jersey a year ago. 

The rising superstar also added three assists, one block and six rebounds.

Rebounding was a big factor in the win and Irving wasn't the only one getting in on the action as teammate Anderson Varejao had a monster night on the boards. 

In the first game of his eighth NBA season, Varejao grabbed a career-high 23 rebounds with 12 coming on the offensive end. 

The 6'11" center, averaged a double-double per game a season ago, and has appeared to taken his game to the next level by dishing out nine assists tonight. He was one assist and one point shy of posting his first triple-double. 

The other players who had games were noting were Tristan Thompson and rookie Dion Waiters out of Syracuse. Thompson went for 12 points, 10 rebounds and five assists while Waiters dropped 17 points and collected three steals in his professional debut.

With the win, Cleveland's record is over the .500 mark for the first time since January 6, the seventh game into last years shortened season.

Granted they were playing the Wizards, without John Wall, the win in the season opener is a good sign for Cavs fan. Though the team might not be playoff ready quite yet, they have a lot of potential and could be an interesting team as the season progresses. 

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