Cavaliers coach Mike Brown said the competition between small forwards Alonzo Gee and Earl Clark was even heading into Monday's night's exhibition game against the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday night at Value City Arena.

Then Clark sat out and Gee scored 14 points with two rebounds two assists three steals and two blocked shots in the Cavs' 104-93 victory.

So does Gee have the edge now?

"They're both even" Brown said as the Cavs improved to 4-2. "I'm going to evaluate throughout the whole preseason. I'm even going to evaluate it going into the regular season. It's a healthy thing for us. The good thing about it is I think we have depth this year.''

Gee is the last person worried about competing with Clark or even C.J. Miles who started at shooting guard on Monday.

"C.J. could start" Gee said. "Earl could start. We all could start. We're all capable of starting. It doesn't matter to me. Us competing against each other is only going to make us better which is what we need.''

Through Monday's game Gee is averaging 6 points and 2 rebounds while shooting 40 percent. Clark is averaging 5.4 points and 2.6 rebounds while shooting 33.3 percent.

"Obviously tonight Zo had a good game and he played the way small forwards should'' Brown said. "With that in mind we've got to keep looking at different combinations different scenarios and try to figure it out come opening night. I've talked to both of them. They know they've just got to keep busting their behinds and just because one may start opening night doesn't mean the other doesn't for the year.

"It's great to have healthy competition like we have. That means you've always got to be on your game because you've got somebody that's right behind you who can replace you. I think they're all for it. I know I am. I'm excited we have the depth that we have in order to try to figure it out. It's a good problem to have.''

The Cavs had other strong performances on Monday as he increased the minutes of his starters. Kyrie Irving finished with 17 points and 12 assists in almost 29 minutes while Tristan Thompson had 15 points and 16 rebounds in 27:30. Miles in his first start of the preseason added 12 points while Henry Sims came off the bench and finished with 15 points and five rebounds. Rookie Sergey Karasev left the game at the half with a sprained left ankle and is listed as day-to-day.

Spencer Hawes led the Sixers with 17 points in 28:40 while former Ohio State star Evan Turner added 14 points and six rebounds in 30:28 as the Sixers slipped to 2-4.

If left up to him Irving said he'd be playing 48 minutes right now even though it's still the preseason.

"Coach Brown can attest to it if I could play the whole game I would'' he said. "It’s just my mentality. He told me one time when I was sitting on the bench 'You’re just one of those guys that doesn’t ever want to come out of the game' and he’s right.

"But we have guys who can come in. Our second unit is doing a great job of taking our offense out and sustaining a lead and picking up the pressure as we come back in.''