Joe G's Running Game Blog
FINAL - CLE 122, DET 100 ... The Wine and Gold led by 13 points after one quarter and 32 at half to blast the Pistons and take the season series with the lopsided win on Wednesday night at The Q. Seven Cavaliers notched double-figures, led by Dion Waiters, who finished with 22 points and eight assists. Anderson Varejao and Matthew Dellavedova each notched double-doubles off the bench in the victory.
2:46, 4Q - CLE 120, DET 93 ... Mike Brown emptied bench midway through 4Q, Detroit hasn't cut it under 20 in 2H; Cavs coast through this one; seven players in double-figures, including three reserves -- Varejao, 11 pts, 12 reb; Delly, 14 pts, career-high 12 assists; Zeller, 18 pts, 9-11 FG; Waiters led everyone w/22 pts, 8 asst.
End 3Q - CLE 98, DET 70 ... With the season on the line, Cavs demolishing Detroit at The Q; six Cavaliers in double-figures, including Andy off the bench with 11 pts, 10 reb; Delly, also 11 pts off bench, game-high 9 assts; Hawes, Waiters, 15 pts apiece; Deng 13 pts; no Cavalier who's played has less than seven points.
Game highlight - Dion throws down ...
Watch Highlight: Dion Slam
2:53, 3Q - CLE 87, DET 66 ... Cavs build their lead to 30 in 3Q, Detroit chips away at the lead, but Andy's three straight buckets have kept Pistons from getting any closer; Cavs still shooting 59 pct FG, holding Pistons to 36 pct; five Cavs in double-figures, led by Hawes w/15; Deng, 13 pts, 7 asst; Delly, 11 pts, 4-5 FG, 8 asst; Waiters, Tristan, 10 pts apiece.
End 1H - CLE 69, DET 37 ... Cavaliers set a franchise record with 26 assists in first half, completely crushing Detroit; Cavs shooting 64 pct FG, holding DET to 28 pct; three Cavs in double-figures: Deng, 6-8 FG, 11 pts, 4 asst; Hawes, 15 pts, 5 asst, 2 reb; Delly, 4-5 FG, 3-4 3pt FG, 11 pts.
2:27, 2Q - CLE 62, DET 32 ... Cavaliers one assist away from setting the league mark for the season - already with 24 assists and absolutely throttling the Pistons at The Q; Hawes, 6-7 FG, 3-3 3pt FG, 15 pts; Delly, 4-4, 3-3 3pt FG; Zeller, 4-5, 8 pts off bench; Luol Deng, 4-6 FG, 8 pts, 4 asst; CLE shooting 66 pct FG, 58 pct 3pt FG.
5:57, 2Q - CLE 51, DET 28 ... Cavs brought it tonight, Detroit - not so much; Cavs shooting 63 pct FG, holding Pistons to 29 pct; Zeller, Delly - 8 pts apiece off bench; Zeller, 4-5 FG; Delly, 3-3 FG, 2-2 3pt FG; Dion, Kyrie - 5 asst apiece; Cavs dominating across the board.
End 1Q - CLE 31, DET 18 ... Cavs jump on Pistons, shoot 58 pct FG in 1Q -- holding DET to just 26 pct; Hawes leads everyone w/13 pts, 5-6 FG, 3-3 3pt FG; Stuckey leads Pistons w/9 pts; Cavs have 14 assists on 14 made baskets -- Kyrie leads both teams with 5 of them.
2:41, 1Q - CLE 25, DET 14 ... Spencer Hawes off to a big start -- leads everyone w/13 pts, 5-6 FG, 3-3 3pt FG; Kyrie leads everyone w/5 asst -- Cavs 11 asst, Pistons, 3; CLE shooting 65 pct FG, DET, 31 pct FG.
PREGAME ... The Cavaliers welcome the Pistons to The Q for their fourth and final meeting this year, holding a 2-1 season series advantage after Dion Waiters canned a 19-footer at the buzzer on March 26 in Auburn Hills. After dropping two straight, the Wine and Gold need to win out (and get a bunch of help) to reach the postseason. That'll have to start tonight, as Cleveland looks to make it five straight against Central Division opponents.
Kyrie Irving is cominig off a career-high 44-point performance against Charlotte, going 16-for-31 from the floor. It was his third 40-plus point game this season, fifth of his career. He netted seven of his 44 in overtime and is the NBA's leader in OT scoring with 55 points. Irving's backcourt mate, Dion Waiters, has been hot since returning to the starting lineup. He's averaging 21.7 ppg in those 11 starts and has topped the 20-point plateau seven times in his last 10 games.
Speaking of good guard play and the Pistons, rookie Matthew Dellavedova has shot .647 from the floor against Detroit this season, including going 6-of-8 from beyond the arc. In the March 26 win, Delly canned five treys.
Here's Mike Brown's pregame presser, talking about CJ Miles and Anthony Bennett, talking with the officials and how Kyrie and Dion have worked out in the starting lineup together.
Tonight's starters: G Irving, G Waiters, F Deng, F Thompson C Hawes