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Cleveland Cavaliers Squeeze Past Detroit Pistons In Game Four Of The Playoffs 100-98

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.

Cleveland Cavaliers Put Away Detroit Pistons In Game Three Of The Playoffs 101-91

The Cleveland Cavaliers secure the win on the road against the Detroit Pistons in game three of the first round in the playoffs 101-91. Cavaliers take a 3-0 series lead. Kyrie Irving had a game high 26 points on 11 of 20 from the field, dished out four assists, and nailed three from deep. Irving hit a big three-pointer from the corner off an inbounds pass with 43 seconds left in the game to give the Cavs a 98-90 lead. Kevin Love recorded a double-double with 20 points on 7 of 10 from the field, and grabbed 13 rebounds. LeBron James recorded a double-double with 20 points on merely 8 of 24 from the floor, plucked 13 rebounds, dished out seven assists, and blocked one shot in 43 minutes.

Tristan Thompson put up eight points on 4 of 7 from the field, collected 10 rebounds, and blocked two shots. Matthew Dellavedova poured in 12 points on an efficient 4 of 5 from the field, and gave out five assists off the bench in 16 minutes. Iman Shumpert added six points on 2 of 5 from the floor, and stripped away one steal off the pine. J.R. Smith compiled nine points on just 3 of 9 from the field including nine rebounds, three assists, and buried three triples. The Cavaliers shot 48.8 percent from the field, and shot a remarkable 41.4 percent on 12 of 29 from three-point distance.

The Cavaliers big three as of LeBron, Irving, and Love have flourished exceptionally well so far in this playoff series. If they can keep it up they will have a chance to compete for a championship. The Cavaliers allowed the Pistons to score 91 points in this game, and only 38 of the Pistons points came in the second half. The Cavaliers have also really stepped up their defense in the playoffs so far. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Pistons 46 to 32.

LeBron James said “I think right now we’re in a great flow as far as us three. When we’re on the floor we understand what we want individually and as a team. Guys are picking their spots.”

For the Pistons, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope put in 18 points on 7 of 13 from the field, and stripped away four steals in 43 minutes. Reggie Jackson chipped in a double-double with 13 points on 5 of 16 from the field, handed out 12 assists, and gathered four rebounds. Andre Drummond racked up 17 points on 8 of 14 from the field to go along with seven rebounds, and two blocked shots in 27 minutes. Drummond had to be taken out at the end of the game because he has had a hard time making his free throws. Marcus Morris concluded with 16 points on 5 of 11 from the field, gave out three assists, and snatched three rebounds.

Tobias Harris supplied 13 points on 6 of 10 from the field, pulled down seven rebounds, and dished out four assists. Rookie Stanley Johnson contributed nine points on 3 of 4 from the floor in 14 minutes off the bench. The Pistons shot a respectable 48.6 percent from the field, but they shot an awful 26.1 percent on 6 of 23 from three-point range. Pistons also shot merely 68.4 percent from the foul line. This was a must win for the Pistons at home but they ended up losing this game by 10 points.

All of the Pistons starters scored in double figures. The Pistons are now down 3-0 in the first round of this playoff series, and no team in NBA history has come back to win a playoff series after being down 3-0. The Pistons were only down by one point mid way through the fourth quarter, but the Pistons failed to execute down the stretch and the Pistons end up losing this game by double digits. The Pistons will play against the Cleveland Cavaliers again in The Palace Of Auburn Hills in Game four of the playoffs on Sunday which will be a due or die game for the Pistons.

Pistons head coach Stan Van Gundy said “Rebounding’s been one of our strengths all year. It’s been terrible in this series.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Run Past Detroit Pistons In Game Two Of The Playoffs 107-90

The Cleveland Cavaliers at home throttle the Detroit Pistons In game two of the first round in the Playoffs 107-90. The Cavaliers take a 2-0 series lead. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 27 points on 12 of 18 from the field including six rebounds, three assists, and three steals. Kyrie Irving put in 22 points on 8 of 18 from the field, dished out four assists, made four three pointers, and had two steals. J.R. Smith dropped in 21 points on 7 of 13 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, and drained seven three-pointers.

Kevin Love posted a double double with 16 points on 5 of 14 from the field, plucked 10 rebounds, and sunk three triples. Matthew Dellavedova added eight points on 3 of 5 from the floor, and gave out nine assists off the bench. Jordan McRae off the bench managed five points on a perfect 2 of 2 from the field in just one minute played. The Cavaliers shot a solid 50 percent from the field, and they shot an exceptional 52.6 percent on 20 of 38 from outside the arc. The Cavs tied a playoff record for the most three-pointers made in a playoff game.

The Cavaliers were only up by two points at halftime, but they out-scored the Pistons by 15 points in the second half. The Cavaliers played much better defense in the second half. The Cavaliers allowed the Pistons to only score a total of 90 points in this game. The Cavaliers are a much tougher team to beat when they play like they did defensively in this game.

For the Pistons, Andre Drummond tallied 20 points on 8 of 13 from the field to go along with seven rebounds, and one blocked shot. Drummond shot merely 4 of 16 from the foul line. Reggie Jackson scored 14 points on 7 of 14 from the floor, gathered four rebounds, handed out six assists, and stripped away three steals. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope notched 13 points on 5 of 12 from the field, and collected eight rebounds. Tobias Harris pitched in 13 points on just 3 of 11 from the field, picked up eight rebounds, and dished out four assists.

Rookie Stanley Johnson contributed nine points on 4 of 7 from the field off the pine. All of the Pistons starters scored in double figures, but it was not even close enough for the Pistons to win this game. Pistons shot 43.6 percent from the field, and they shot a horrid 23.5 percent on 4 of 17 from three-point range. Pistons also shot 56.3 percent on 18 of 32 from the free-throw line. The Pistons just did not shoot as well in this game as they did in game one, and the Pistons on defense also gave up way too many three-pointers. The Pistons will head back to Detroit and face-off the Cleveland Cavaliers in game three of the first round in the playoffs tonight.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said “I don’t care if your left by yourself, 20 of 38 is pretty good shooting.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Hold Off Detroit Pistons In Game One Of The Playoffs 106-101

The Cleveland Cavaliers in game one of the first round in the playoffs squeak by the Detroit Pistons at home 106-101. Kyrie Irving led all scorers with 31 points on 10 of 24 from the field, drained five three-pointers, grabbed five rebounds, dished out six assists, and stripped away two steals. Kevin Love posted a double double with 28 points on 10 of 22 from the field, plucked 13 rebounds, and buried four three-pointers. Love was a big reason the Cavs won this game, and the Cavaliers are a much better team when Love gets involved offensively like he did in this game. LeBron James put in 22 points on 9 of 17 from the field including six rebounds, 11 assists, two steals, and blocked two shots.

Irving, Love, and James were combined for 81 of the teams 106 points in this game. Matthew Dellavedova added seven points on 3 of 8 from the field in 19 minutes off the bench. J.R. Smith scored nine points on merely 3 of 9 from the floor, and gave out three assists. Even though the Cavaliers big three played outstanding, the rest of the Cavaliers team did not contribute well, and was the reason why the Pistons kept this game close. The Cavaliers shot 44.3 percent from the field, and they shot 34.3 percent on 12 of 35 from three point range.

The Cavaliers defensively were not guarding the three point line well as the Pistons shot 51.7 percent from three, but the Cavaliers did play better defense in the second half, and they did not let Pistons make as many three pointers. The Cavs were down by five points at halftime, and the Pistons were up by eight points at one point in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers were executing better offensively, made some adjustments, and they were able to come back and win this game at home. The Cavaliers started to play a small lineup with Love at the center position, and that did really work out well for the Cavaliers.

For the Pistons, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope dropped in 21 points, handed out three assists, and sunk four three-pointers. Marcus Morris finished with 20 points on 6 of 14 from the floor, and dished out five assists. Andre Drummond recorded a double double with 13 points on 6 of 14 from the field, picked up 11 rebounds, and blocked one shot. Reggie Jackson totaled 17 points on 7 of 12 from the field, and dished out seven assists. Rookie Stanley Johnson off the bench contributed nine points on 3 of 4 from the floor, collected eight rebounds, and shot a perfect 3 of 3 from outside the arc.

Reggie Bullock logged eight points on a perfect 3 of 3 from the field off the pine. Tobias Harris racked up nine points, 11 rebounds, and two steals. The Pistons shot a remarkable 50.7 percent from the field, and shot 51.7 percent on 15 of 29 from three-point distance. The Pistons competed well in this game on the road, and they had chances to win this game, but they ended up losing by five points. The Cleveland Cavaliers and Detroit Pistons will square off in game two on Wednesday in Quicken Loans arena.

Reggie Jackson said “We don’t care who you put in front of us. We fear nobody, and experience is going to be out best teacher. We’re going to learn on the fly. We think we have a chance.” 

Indiana Pacers Roll Past LeBronless Cavs 123-109

The Indiana Pacers beat the Cleveland Cavaliers at home 123-109. Pacers improve to 42-36 and Cavs fall to 56-23 on the season. Paul George had a game high 29 points on 10 of 17 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, and knocked down four three pointers. Ian Mahinmi  put up 15 points on 5 of 7 from the field, plucked eight rebounds, and dished out three assists. C.J. Miles came off the bench and scored 21 points on 7 of 9 from the field, made six three pointers, and picked up three rebounds.

Monta Ellis posted 13 points on 5 of 11 from the floor including six rebounds, and eight assists. Solomon Hill added 15 points on 6 of 9 from the field, pulled down five rebounds, and stripped away three steals off the pine. George Hill logged 9 points on 4 of 8 from the floor, collected four rebounds, and gave out five assists. The Pacers shot a phenomenal 56.3 percent from the field and was 51.6 percent on 16 of 31 from three-point range.

The Pacers just kept on shooting well, and executing well offensively and the Cavaliers had no answer for them. If the Pacers can shoot the ball better like they did in this game, they will be a much tougher team to beat, but this was one of their best shooting games they’ve had all season. The Pacers allowed the Cavs to score 109 points, but most of the time the Pacers will win the game when they score 123 points. This was a big win for the Pacers to help secure them a spot in the playoffs.

Solomon Hill said “Even without LeBron, they still have two All-Stars out there. They’re going to shoot the ball, execute their plays, and it’s a team we could see in the playoffs. Every win is a building block.”

For the Cavs, Kyrie Irving had a team high 26 points on 11 of 18 from the field, handed out six assists, and stripped away three steals. Kevin Love dropped in 23 points on 5 of 13 from the field, gathered five rebounds, and buried three triples. Love shot a perfect 10 of 10 from the foul line. J.R. Smith finished with 10 points on 4 of 7 shooting. Channing Frye contributed 10 points, and snatched three rebounds off the bench.

Richard Jefferson compiled 10 points on 3 of 7 from the field to go along with four rebounds, and two steals off the pine. Tristan Thompson racked up nine points on 4 of 5 from the floor, and accumulated five rebounds off the bench. Cavaliers shot a respectable 47.3 percent from the field, but they shot merely 27.6 percent on 8 of 29 from outside the arc. The Cavaliers just played with no sense of urgency without LeBron playing in this game. The Cavs gave up 123 points to the Pacers which is way too many points to give up.

The Cavs never had a chance to win this game because they could never get stops on defense. LeBron James did not play in this game for the Cavaliers, but the Cavs have got to play more effort on the defensive end than they did in this game. The Cavs will look to bounce back next game as they head to Chicago to play against the Chicago Bulls on Saturday.

Cleveland Cavaliers Thump Charlotte Hornets 112-103

The Cleveland Cavaliers pull out the win at home against the Charlotte Hornets 112-103. Cavs improve to 55-22, and Hornets fall to 44-32 on the season. LeBron James led all scorers with 31 points on 14 of 22 from the field including eight rebounds, 12 assists, and two steals. J.R. Smith put in 27 points on 10 of 16 from the field, grabbed five rebounds, and hit six three-pointers. Kevin Love scored 25 points on 10 of 18 from the floor, plucked nine rebounds, dished out four assists, and made five three-pointers.

Iman Shumpert added eight points on 4 of 6 from the field, gave out three assists, and stripped away one steal off the bench. Matthew Dellavedova recorded six points on merely 2 of 7 from the field, but he pulled down five rebounds, and handed out nine assists. Mo Williams dropped in six points on 2 of 4 from the field in 13 minutes off the pine. Cavaliers shot an outstanding 54.2 percent from the field, and they shot a remarkable 55.2 percent on 16 of 29 from three-point range. The Cavaliers out-rebounded the Hornets 46 to 35.

The Cavaliers did have 17 turnovers, and they shot just 46 percent on 6 of 13 from the free throw line. The Cavaliers were up by 16 points at halftime, but they let the Hornets come back in the second half, and the Cavs eventually were only winning by three points in the fourth quarter. The Cavaliers let the Hornets come back in the game, but the Cavs made a few big threes when they needed it in the fourth quarter, and they ended up winning the game by nine points. The Cavs moved the ball and shared the ball well offensively in this game.

Meanwhile, Kyrie Irving did not play in this game for the Cavaliers with an ankle injury. Cavs will travel to Milwaukee next game to face-off the Milwaukee Bucks. The Cavaliers look like they are in good shape to have the number one seed in the Eastern Conference.

LeBron James said “I’m ready for whatever level comes at me. I feel great, best i’ve felt in the last couple years, and continue to lead this team in the right direction.” 

For the Hornets, Kemba Walker led the way with 29 points on 9 of 19 from the field to go along with six rebounds, seven assists, and stripped away four steals. Marvin Williams notched 22 points on an efficient 8 of 11 from the field, picked up six rebounds, handed out three assists, and sunk four three-pointers. Courtney Lee poured in 11 points on 5 of 13 from the field, gave out three assists, and had three steals. Spencer Hawes contributed nine points on 3 of 8 from the floor, and gathered nine rebounds off the bench. Jeremy Lin totaled 17 points on 3 of 9 from the field off the pine.

Cody Zeller racked up eight points, snatched six rebounds, and stripped away five steals. The Hornets shot 44.6 percent from the field. The Hornets shot 96.3 percent on 26 of 27 from the free-throw line which helped keep the Hornets in this game. The Hornets just did not get enough stops on defense to win this game as they allowed the Cavs to score a total of 112 points. The Hornets did a good job getting back into this game in the second half, but they did not get stops when they needed to. Meanwhile, Al Jefferson was not in the lineup for this game with an injury.

The Cleveland Cavaliers Hold Off Atlanta Hawks In Overtime 110-108

The Cleveland Cavaliers win a big game on the road against the Atlanta Hawks in overtime 110-108. Cavs improve to 54-22 and Hawks fall to 45-32 on the season. LeBron James led the way for the Cavs with 29 points on 12 of 26 from the field to go along with 16 rebounds, nine assists, and three steals in 44 minutes. James passed Oscar Robertson for 11th in NBA all-time scoring list. Kevin Love put in 15 points on 5 of 11 from the field, grabbed six rebounds, dished out four assists, and made three triples.

Kyrie Irving dumped in 20 points on merely 5 of 23 from the field, plucked six rebounds, handed out seven assists, stripped away two steals, and blocked two shots. Irving did hit a big three in overtime to give the Cavs a 102-98 lead. J.R. Smith dropped in 12 points on 4 of 12 from the field, gave out three assists, and knocked down four three-pointers. Tristan Thompson had a spark off the bench with nine points on a perfect 4 of 4 from the field, nabbed 14 rebounds, and blocked two shots. Thompson shot only 1 of 6 from the foul line. Iman Shumpert poured in 11 points on 4 of 10 from the floor including five rebounds, and two steals off the bench.

The Cavaliers shot just 39.8 percent from the field, and they shot 31.6 percent on 12 of 38 from three point range. Cavaliers free throw shooting was what also kept this game close as the Cavs shot 64.5 percent from the charity stripe. The Cavaliers played good enough defense to win this game as they held the Hawks to score only 96 points in regulation. The Cavaliers were winning by as many as 21 points in the first half, and they were up 55-41 at halftime, but they let the Hawks come back in the second half. The Cavaliers really struggled shooting in the second half, and they weren’t moving the ball and executing as well offensively, but the Cavs were still able to pull off the win on the road.

The game was tied 102-102 under two minutes left in overtime, and LeBron made a great pass to Thompson for an easy dunk to give the Cavs a 104-102 lead. This was a huge win on the road for the Cavs against one of the better teams in the Eastern Conference, and the Cavs were still able to win this game despite playing on a second night of a back to back. The Cavaliers next game will host the Charlotte Hornets on Sunday.

For the Hawks, Paul Millsap had a team high 29 points on 12 of 22 from the field, pulled down 12 rebounds, and dished out three assists. Jeff Teague concluded with 29 points on 9 of 23 from the floor to go with four rebounds, nine assists, two steals, and two blocks. Kyle Korver scored 14 points on 5 of 8 from the field, pulled down four rebounds, and buried four three-pointers. Al Horford racked up 14 points on merely 5 of 17 from the field, snatched nine rebounds, and gave out three assists. Kent Bazemore contributed seven points on 2 of 6 from the field, picked up 12 rebounds, handed out six assists, and blocked three shots.

Hawks shot a horrid 40 percent from the field, and shot 30 percent on 9 of 30 from three-point distance. Hawks did shoot a solid 88.5 percent from the free-throw line. The Hawks played poorly in this first half, but they stepped up well in the second half, and they sent the game into overtime. The Hawks had a tough lost at home, and they had a good chance to win this game.

The Hawks had the ball and were down by two in overtime with six seconds left for a chance to tie or take the lead. Al Horford attempted a three pointer for the win at the buzzer, but he missed the shot and the Hawks lost the game by two points. The Hakws record is 0-5 in overtime this season. Hawks will play again at home Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns.

Hawks head coach Mike Budenholzer said “We have to work on our execution. We have to get better — all of us.”

Cleveland Cavaliers Decimate Brooklyn Nets 107-87

The Cleveland Cavaliers pulverized the Brooklyn Nets at home 107-87. Cavs improve to 53-22 and Nets fall to 21-54 on the season. LeBron James led all scorers with 24 points on an efficient 8 of 11 from the field including four rebounds, 11 assists, and two steals in 31 minutes. Kevin Love posted a double double with 19 points on 6 of 10 from the field, grabbed 10 rebounds, and drained four three-pointers in 25 minutes. Timofey Mozgov put up 10 points on 4 of 6 from the floor, plucked seven rebounds, and blocked two shots.

Channing Frye added 13 points on 5 of 10 from the field, and picked up eight rebounds off the bench. Kyrie Irving dropped in 10 points on merely 4 of 14 from the field, handed out three assists, and blocked one shot in 24 minutes. Iman Shumpert contributed six points on 1 of 4 from the floor, pulled down eight rebounds, and stripped away one steal off the pine. Cavaliers shot 43.7 percent from the field, and shot only 31.6 percent on 12 of 38 from three point range, but the Cavs were moving the ball well and they still scored a total of 107 points.

The Cavaliers allowed the Nets to only score 87 points on just 37.2 percent shooting from the field. The Cavaliers do need to step up their defense like they did in this game. The Cavaliers dominated the Nets in this game and the game was a blow out through out the second half. This was a revenge game for the Cavs after losing to the Nets on the road last week. Cavaliers will play again tonight on the road to play against the Atlanta Hawks.

For the Nets, Thaddeus Young supplied 18 points on 9 of 18 from the field, and gathered eight rebounds. Shane Larkin put in 13 points on 4 of 7 shooting to go along with five rebounds, eight assists, and two steals. Bojan Bogdanovic totaled 14 points on 5 of 12 from the field, snagged five rebounds, and gave out three assists. Donald Sloan finished with 11 points on 4 of 9 from the field, and dished out five assists off the pine. Thomas Robinson recorded a double double with 10 points on 5 of 13 from the field, and snatched 11 rebounds off the bench.

The Nets shot a horrid 37.2 percent from the field, and they shot 19 percent on 4 of 21 from three-point distance. Nets also shot merely 62 percent on 13 of 21 from the foul line. Meanwhile, Brook Lopez, and Rondae Hollis-Jefferson did not play for the Nets to rest. The Nets were losing by 24 points at halftime and that was just too much of a deficit for them to comeback in this game. Nets will look to get back on track next game against the New York Knicks in Madison Square Garden.

Nets interim head coach Tony Brown said “We had a nice win at home and they weren’t happy about it. And they showed us they weren’t happy about it tonight. We knew they would come back with a better effort.”