The Cleveland Cavaliers rout the Detroit Pistons on the road 114-106. Cavs improve to 33-12 and Pistons fall to 25-22 on the season. Kevin Love led all scorers with 29 points on 9 of 19 from the field to go along with six rebounds, three assists, and hit five three-pointers. Love has finally stepped up in the last couple of games. Kyrie Irving put in 28 points on 11 of 19 from the field, grabbed four rebounds, and dished out two assists in 32 minutes. LeBron James pitched in 20 points on 7 of 16 from the field, plucked nine rebounds, and handed out eight assists.
Tristan Thompson posted 11 points on 3 of 5 from the field, collected 14 rebounds, and blocked one shot. Timofey Mozgov added 12 points on 5 of 6 from the field, and picked up eight rebounds in 19 minutes off the bench. Matthew Dellavedova put up five points on merely 1 of 4 from the field, and dished out four assists off the pine. Cavs shot a respectable 47 percent from the field, and shot 39 percent on 9 of 23 from three-point range. Cavaliers also shot an excellent 93 percent on 27 of 29 from the free-throw line. This was a big win on the road for the Cavs as their next game they will have to play on a back to back against the San Antonio Spurs at home tonight.
Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving, and LeBron James scored a combined 77 points of the Cavaliers 114 points. Cavaliers were leading in the entire second half and they were winning by as many as 20 points. Cavaliers have scored 114 or more points in the last three games, and their execution on offense and ball movement looks much better now. Cavaliers have now won five of their last six games. The Cavs will really need to beat the Spurs tonight to show that the Cavs can compete against the elite NBA teams.
LeBron James said “We always talk about it, it starts and ends with the Big Three, and those two guys got it done. I filled in, did what I needed to do to help us win.”
For the Pistons, Andre Drummond racked up 20 points on 9 of 14 from the field, gathered eight rebounds, and blocked three shots. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dropped in 19 points on 7 of 15 from the field, and snagged seven rebounds. Reggie Jackson tallied 15 points on 6 of 16 from the floor, and gave out six assists. Marcus Morris notched 14 points on 4 of 10 from the field. Rookie Stanley Johnson contributed 15 points on 6 of 10 from the field, pulled down four rebounds, and handed out five assists off the bench. Ersan Ilyasova scored 11 points on 4 of 10 from the field and caught four rebounds.
Pistons shot 47.6 percent from the field, and shot just 30.4 percent on 7 of 23 from three-point distance. Pistons could not get enough stops to win this game and it’s difficult to win games giving up 114 points by the Cavaliers. Pistons out-scored the Cavs in the paint 48 to 36 but it was not enough for them to win this game. Pistons went on a nice 9-0 run under two minutes left in the fourth quarter, but it was too late for the Pistons to comeback as they ended up losing by eight points. Drummond for the Pistons shot 2 of 8 from the foul line and that is what equated to the Pistons losing this game. Pistons will play again tonight on a back to back game on the road against the Toronto Raptors.