Late Push Propels Cavs Past Pistons

Big Lineup Leads Fourth-Quarter Run as Cavs Take Second Straight
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Wrap-Up -- Maybe for the first time this month, the Cavaliers look like they’re having fun again.

After righting the ship against Indy on Friday night at The Q to temporarily snap out of a midseason funk, the Wine & Gold scored 30-plus in three quarters and clamped down defensively in the fourth – blowing past the Pistons, 121-104, on Sunday night in Cleveland.

Other than a sloppy second quarter, the Cavaliers looked solid in the win – using a late third-quarter push to give themselves some breathing room and closing the contest on a 27-9 run to drop Detroit by double-digits for the second time this season.

In an attempt to turn January’s tide, Coach Tyronn Lue made a lineup change before Friday night’s win over the Pacers. And he went with an unusual lineup to close out Sunday’s win – utilizing LeBron James at the point with a combination of Channing Frye, Kyle Korver, Jae Crowder and Jeff Green to close out the affair.

LeBron posted a ‘quadruple’-double on Friday night – committing six of his career-high 11 miscues in the fourth quarter. But he was razor-sharp in the final period tonight, netting nine of his game-high 25 points in the fourth – going 3-of-5 in the period, adding five assists, four boards and a steal.

On the night, James finished 8-of-15 from the floor and 8-of-9 from the stripe, adding a game-high 14 assists and eight boards to his total.

Kevin Love doubled-up for the fourth time in his last five outings – tallying 20 points and a team-high 11 boards, going 8-for-14 from the floor, including 4-of-6 from long-range in the win.

J.R. Smith followed up his season-high 23-point performance in Friday’s victory with another solid showing on Sunday – finishing with 15 points, going 4-of-7 from beyond the arc. Over his last two games, Swish has gone 11-for-20 from three-point range.

Isaiah Thomas rounded out the Cavalier starters in double-figures, finishing with 14 points and seven assists despite not seeing action in the fourth quarter.

Cleveland’s second unit – playing without Dwyane Wade for the second straight game – had another solid collective effort, combining for 38 points, with Kyle Korver and Jae Crowder leading the way with a dozen points apiece. Korver went 3-of-7 from deep – his first game of multiple threes since January 11 while Crowder was an efficient 4-of-6 from the floor in his second straight game off the bench.

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LBJ tallies 25 points, 14 assists and eight rebounds in, 121-104, win over Pistons.

Anthony Tolliver and Tobias Harris each notched 20 points for the Pistons – playing without their regular starting backcourt of Reggie Jackson and Avery Bradley. Andre Drummond added to his Eastern Conference-leading total – registering his 33rd double-double of the season with 17 points and 11 boards.

On the night, the Cavaliers shot 51 percent from the floor and went 22-of-26 from the stripe – outrunning the Pistons, 20-4, on the fastbreak and canning 15 triples in the victory.

Turning Point -- The obvious turning point of Sunday’s win was Cleveland’s final push – turning a game that was tied at 95-apiece with 7:33 to play into what will look like lopsided win on Monday morning.

But it was the Wine & Gold’s late-third quarter run that actually changed the game.

With 3:02 remaining in the period, the Cavaliers found themselves down, 85-80, after Andre Drummond crushed an alley-oop dish from Ish Smith. But Isaiah Thomas scored five quick points, Kyle Korver drilled a triple that rattled home and Jeff Green punctuated Cleveland’s surge with a monster jam in the quarter’s closing seconds – turning a five-point deficit into a five-point lead heading into the fourth.

By the Numbers.846 … Cavaliers’ free throw percentage on Sunday night, the 25th time this season that Cleveland – the league’s second-best free throw shooting squad (.801) – has shot 80 percent or better from the stripe.

QuotableChanning Frye, on Cleveland’s fourth quarter performance on Sunday …

”I think we have a lot of firepower and lot of guys that do a lot of different things – roll, dribble, pass, shoot – so that’s the way we’ve been successful. I think it creates movement and I think it helps us on the defensive end. We’re tough when Jeff (Green) is driving downhill, Isaiah is driving downhill and then you’ve got a big fella going downhill with shooters. So I think we were playing pretty unselfish. The ball was moving, the ball was finding energy and guys were playing pretty good.”

Up Next -- Following Sunday’s victory over Detroit at The Q, the Wine & Gold travel to Motown for a quick rematch with Stan Van Gundy’s squad on Tuesday night at Little Caesar’s Arena. The following night, the Cavaliers close out the month of January against the Heat at The Q. On Saturday night, it’s a marquee showdown against James Harden and the Rockets in Cleveland. After that contest, Tyronn Lue’s squad plays four of their next five on the road heading into the All-Star Break.

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#CavsPistons Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from The Land to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Pistons on Sunday.

Cavs vs. Pistons - January 28, 2018

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#CavsPistons Postgame Wrap-Up presented by Rocket Mortgage

Cavs.com's Fred McLeod checks in from The Land to wrap-up the Wine & Gold's victory against the Pistons on Sunday.
Jan 28, 2018  |  04:30

#CavsPistons Postgame: Coach Lue - January 28, 2018

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Sunday’s 121-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 28, 2018  |  04:08

#CavsPistons Postgame: Isaiah Thomas - January 28, 2018

Cavaliers guard Isaiah Thomas spoke with the media following Sunday’s 121-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 28, 2018  |  04:52

#CavsPistons Postgame: JR Smith - January 28, 2018

Cavaliers guard JR Smith spoke with the media following Sunday’s 121-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 28, 2018  |  03:40

#CavsPistons Postgame: LeBron James - January 28, 2018

Cavaliers forward LeBron James spoke with the media following Sunday’s 121-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 28, 2018  |  02:56

#CavsPistons Postgame: Kyle Korver - January 28, 2018

Cavaliers guard Kyle Korver spoke with the media following Sunday’s 121-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 28, 2018  |  05:28

#CavsPistons Postgame: Channing Frye - January 28, 2018

Cavaliers forward Channing Frye spoke with the media following Sunday’s 121-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 28, 2018  |  03:41

#CavsPistons Postgame: Kevin Love - January 28, 2018

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with the media following Sunday’s 121-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 28, 2018  |  04:05

#CavsPistons On-Court Postgame: Kevin Love - January 28, 2018

Cavaliers forward Kevin Love spoke with FOX Sports Ohio's Allie Clifton following Sunday’s 121-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Jan 28, 2018  |  02:34

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 121, Pistons 104

LeBron James finishes with 25 points, eight rebounds and 14 assists, as the Cavaliers defeat the Pistons, 121-104.
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LeBron James Scores 25 Points In Win Over Pistons

LeBron James finishes with 25 points, eight rebounds and 14 assists in a win over the Pistons.
Jan 28, 2018  |  02:43

Green Soars for Slam Dunk

Jeff Green goes up for his second big dunk of the night during the third quarter.
Jan 28, 2018  |  00:11

LBJ with the Hoop and the Harm

LBJ drives through the Pistons defense and earns himself a trip to the line.
Jan 28, 2018  |  00:11

Highlight in freeD: Green Throws it Down

Experience Jeff Green's first half dunk with this highlight in freeD.
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Highlight in freeD: Love Grabs Assist

Experience KLove's pretty layup and LBJ's slick assist in freeD with this highlight.
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Highlight in freeD: Love Hits Trey

Experience KLove's first half trey in freeD with this cool highlight.
Jan 28, 2018  |  00:11

LBJ Hits Trey at End of Half

LBJ nails a trey with just seconds ticking down in the first half of the Cavs' game with the Pistons.
Jan 28, 2018  |  00:09

TT With Slick Dribble and Bucket

Tristan Thompson makes a slick round-the-world dribble before knocking down the easy bucket.
Jan 28, 2018  |  00:11

Channing Frye with the Put-Back Dunk

Channing Frye grabs Thomas' missed field goal attempt before throwing it back through the hoop.
Jan 28, 2018  |  00:10

Jeff Green Scores Through Traffic

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Jan 28, 2018  |  00:14

Featured Highlight: LeBron Tosses Oop to Tristan

LeBron James finds teammate Tristan Thompson for a perfectly timed alley-oop early on in the first quarter against the Detroit Pistons.
Jan 28, 2018  |  00:08