The Cleveland Cavaliers complete the sweep against the Detroit Pistons with a 100-98 victory on the road in game four of the first round in the playoffs. The Cavaliers will advance to the second round, and will play against the winner of the first round series between the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics. Kyrie Irving led all scorers in game four with 31 points on 12 of 25 from the field including three rebounds, five assists, and hit four three-pointers. Irving hit another big three-pointer with 42 second remaining in the game to give the Cavs a 100-98 lead. Irving answered back with a huge three-pointer after Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made a three to make it a one point game. Irving in the third quarter made an incredible half court shot at the buzzer to give the Cavs a three point lead heading into the fourth quarter.
LeBron James put in 22 points on 9 of 19 from the field, grabbed 11 rebounds, dished out six assists, and stripped away two steals. J.R. Smith dropped in 15 points on 5 of 8 from the floor, and sunk five three-pointers. Kevin Love posted a double-double with 11 points and 13 rebounds, but he had a poor shooting night as he shot 3 of 15 from the field. Matthew Dellavedova added 11 points on 3 of 5 from the field in 15 minutes off the bench. Cavaliers shot only 41.9 percent from the field, and shot 36.1 percent on 13 of 36 from three-point range.
Cavaliers did shoot a solid 88.2 percent on 15 of 17 from the foul line. This was another big win for the Cavs on the road and they will have more time off now that they have swept the Detroit Pistons. The Cavaliers did not execute well offensively at the end of the game, and they were trying to waste the clock and they were not moving the ball well. The Cavaliers were able to get enough stops on defense to win this game as they held the Pistons to score 98 points.
LeBron James said “For our team, it doesn’t matter who is the leading scorer or anything. We just want to get wins.”
For the Pistons, Marcus Morris led the way with 24 points on an efficient 9 of 12 from the field, and made three triples. Tobias Harris recorded a double-double with 23 points on 8 of 14 from the floor, and pulled down 13 rebounds. Andre Drummond registered 17 points on 5 of 11 from the field, picked up 11 rebounds, and blocked two shots. Reggie Jackson chipped in a double-double with 13 points on 6 of 12 from the field, and handed out 12 assists. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored nine points on merely 3 of 10 from the field, gave out five assists, and buried three from downtown.
The Pistons shot a remarkable 48.7 percent from the field, and they shot 41.7 percent on 10 of 24 from three-point distance. The Pistons let the Cavaliers only shoot 41.9 percent from the field, and the Pistons also shot well from the field but they still lost this game by two points. The Pistons competed well in this game, but they fell short again against the Cavs. The Pistons season will now come to an end as they have now lost 4-0 in this first round playoff series against the Cavaliers. The Pistons are a talented young team, and they can only improve for next season.