Rose and Irving involved in a battle of guards in exhibition game…
The Cleveland Cavaliers secured a 107-98 win over the Chicago Bulls in front of a sell-out crowd on Monday night with Kyrie Irving scoring 28 points.
Irving, LeBron James and Kevin Love combined for 55 points, 23 rebounds and 16 assists in the win, with the two Eastern Conference rivals putting on a show as James in particular received a warm welcome.
While Irving impressed for the Cavs by scoring 20 of his 28 points in the second half to lead them to the win, Bulls point guard Derrick Rose was also in fine form as he had 30 points in 24 minutes of play along with five rebounds and three assists and revealed after the game that he enjoyed the challenge of playing Cleveland.
“I’m used to playing with very good people and very good talent,” he said. “That’s all they’ve got on that team, is talent. You know when you play against them; you know you’ve got to come out here and ball.”
Meanwhile, Cleveland coach David Blatt was pleased that he was able to put out his ‘Big Three’ on the court together for only the second time in six games, and they showed promising early signs that they will be able to click immediately.
Nevertheless, the exhibition clash was an early indication that these two teams will put on some great games in the coming season with both harbouring ambitions of topping the Eastern Conference.