COLUMBUS, Ohio – Evan Turner returned home to Value City Arena but the homecoming was spoiled by the Cavaliers, who beat Turnerâ€™s Philadelphia 76ers 104-93 on Monday night in an NBA exhibition game.
Turner, who had 14 points, was the national player of the year for the Buckeyes as a junior in 2010 before deciding to enter the NBA Draft, where he was the second overall selection.
Kyrie Irving had 17 points and 12 assists for the Cavs (4-2), who pulled away with the aid of a technical given to Philadelphia’s Royce White after he picked up his fifth foul with 8:57 remaining. He was ejected and Matthew Dellavedova made three free throws for a 78-74 lead.
Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 16 rebounds for Cleveland.