Tonight, the Detroit Pistons (32-33) defeated the defending NBA Champions, the Cleveland Cavaliers (42-21), 106-101.
Going into the 4th quarter, the Pistons trailed by seven but they would not be denied. Detroit opened up the 4th by scoring 13 straight points and from there, they were able to anchor down defensively just enough to secure the victory.
Reggie Jackson hit a clutch floater to seal the game on his way to a Pistons’ game-high 21 points along with 5 assists. Andre Drummond swarmed the boards, collecting 16 rebounds along with 20 points on 10 of 13 shooting from the field. Tobias Harris and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also pitched in with 15 points each.
Detroit was also able to defeat Cleveland despite LeBron James collecting his 50th career triple-double (29p, 13r, 10a). King James is still the best player in the world and he is worth the price of admission himself. Simply put, he was incredible. All-Star point guard, Kyrie Irving, also dominated offensively scoring 27 points but no one else picked up the slack for the Cavs. Without Kevin Love, Cleveland is not a championship caliber team. Starters Richard Jefferson, Tristan Thompson and Iman Shumpert combined for 21 points. Outside of Channing Frye (15p, 5-73pt) the Cavs bench also struggled scoring, posting only 9 points.
Overall, this game was one of the best wins for the Pistons this disappointing season. Pistons will look to build off this win Saturday when they take on the New York Knicks (26-39) at home at 5pm EST.
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