Tobias Harris powers the Pistons over the Lebron-less Cavs, 106-90
Tonight, the Detroit Pistons defeated the Cleveland Cavaliers, 106-90, snapping a five-game losing streak.
First things first, the 4-time MVP and 3-time NBA Finals Champion, LeBron James, did not play. Also, the “eye test” will tell you the Cavs were exhausted after yesterday’s Christmas showdown against the Warriors. Without James, Cleveland needed Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love to have a big game but neither did. Irving scored only 18 points and Love had 17.
That said, the Pistons played a very good game on both sides of the ball. Detroit shot 44% (41-93) from the field and 57% (16-28) from downtown. On the defensive end, the Pistons forced 21 turnovers while limiting the defending champs to 38% shooting.
Offensively, every Piston starter contributed in a big way. Off the bench, Tobias Harris led all scorers with 21 points. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 18 points while Marcus Morris poured in 15. Jon Leuer earned his first win as a Pistons starter, posting 13 points and 5 rebounds. Andre Drummond posted his twentieth double-double of the season with 11 points and 17 rebounds.
Pistons will stay home to face the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at 7:30pm eastern.