Cavs Throttle Pistons at The Q
Wrap-Up – If the Cavaliers were looking for a silver lining on the night they were eliminated from postseason contention, a one-sided 22-point thumping of their longtime rivals at The Q was probably the best they could do. The Wine and Gold were never threatened on Wednesday – taking a 13-point lead after one quarter and a 32-point edge at intermission to run away with the 122-100 win over Detroit at The Q.
Dion Waiters led seven Cavaliers in double-figures -- netting 22 points on 9-for-18 shooting to go with eight assists, three boards and a steal. Spencer Hawes scored 13 of his 15 points in the first quarter and Luol Deng added 13 points and seven helpers. Tristan Thompson rounded out the starters in double-figures, going 5-of-6 from the floor for 10 points.
A pair of Cavaliers tallied double-doubles off the bench. Matthew Dellavedova finished with 14 points and a career-high 12 assists, canning four treys against the Pistons after hitting five in the previous meeting in Motown. Anderson Varejao grabbed a team-high 12 boards to go with 11 points – nine of which he netted in the third quarter. Tyler Zeller didn’t double-up in Wednesday’s win, but he did finish with 18 points in 24 minutes, going 9-of-11 from the field.
The Wine and Gold dominated every aspect of Wednesday’s win -- shooting 57 percent from the floor and handing out 41 assists on 53 made baskets to win their fifth straight game over a Central Division foe and take the season series over Detroit, 3-1.
Turning Point – After the first minute of the game, Wednesday’s matchup was a complete thrashing by the Cavaliers. They took their first double-digit lead with just under four minutes to play in the first quarter and doubled Detroit’s point output, 60-30, at that same point in the second. It took the Pistons going on a 23-13 run just to cut Cleveland’s lead to 20 late in the third period, but that’s as close as they’d get the rest of the way.
Game Ball – Cavaliers Second Unit – The entire squad was sharp on Wednesday, but Cleveland’s second unit was especially good in the lopsided victory. Everyone who dressed saw action against Detroit, but the Cavs’ first four off the bench – Jarrett Jack, Dellavedova, Zeller and Varejao – combined to shoot 22-of-33 from the floor for 50 points, with 17 combined assists and 24 rebounds.
By the Numbers – 26 … assists in the first half of Wednesday’s victory, a new Cavaliers franchise record for helpers in a half.
Quotable – Anderson Varejao, on the team’s growth and direction for next year …
”I do feel good and everybody is starting to understand what they need to do and what we all need to do as a team, on offense and defense to win games. We know we have to compete for 48 minutes, we know we have to move the ball and we know we have to play defense; everything for 48 minutes. If we do that next season and if we keep getting better, we have a good chance (of making the playoffs).”
Up Next – The Cavaliers are down to their final three regular season games of the 2013-14 regular season. On Friday night, they travel to Milwaukee to take on the lowly Bucks before heading back to Cleveland, where the Wine and Gold face the Celtics on Saturday. The Cavs close out the campaign with the same opponent that opened it – the Brooklyn Nets – next Wednesday on Fan Appreciation Night at The Q.
Watch Highlights: Cavs 122, Pistons 100