ROOKIE Darius Garland sparked the Cavaliers to a 120-89 win over San Lorenzo de Almagro of Argentina in coach John Beilein’s exhibition debut on Monday in Cleveland (Tuesday, Manila time).
The No. 5 overall pick in this year’s draft, Garland came off the bench and scored nine points, including five in a strong second quarter as the Cavs outscored Argentina’s reigning league champions 43-29 to take an 11-point halftime lead.
Garland, who had been slowed in training camp by a foot injury, dropped a 3-pointer on his first shot in an NBA game and added two assists in the quarter, when Cleveland made 17 of 23 shots.
Cavs rookie Kevin Porter Jr., another first-round pick, scored 16 in 14 minutes. Jordan Clarkson scored 17 and Tristan Thompson added 14 and 10 rebounds.
Esteban Batista scored 20 and Darquavis Tucker 17 for San Lorenzo.