The game featured a matchup of the top two picks in last June’s NBA Draft. Oladipo was the second pick, while Bennett went first overall to Cleveland. Bennett started slowly on Friday, but he hit two 3-pointers and four face-up jumpers in the fourth quarter. He also was whistled for a technical foul when he excitedly slapped the ball out of the hands of Andrew Nicholson after the whistle.
``My boy (Bennett) just got hot. It’s as simple as that,’’ said Oladipo, who became friends with the UNLV product during the pre-draft process. ``When he saw one go in he wasn’t stopping. Kudos to him – even though I didn’t want him to do it because I wanted to win.’’
After the game, Cleveland all-star point guard Kyrie Irving had glowing praise for Oladipo after facing him for the first time. Irving finished with 17 points and five assists in 25 minutes.
``He is going to be great. He is going to be great in this league,’’ Irving said. ``The size that he has at the point guard position, and then he can move over to the (shooting guard position) too. He can guard the one and the two. His potential is out of the roof.