Pistons Pull Away in Preseason Finale

Shorthanded Cavs Fall at MSU, Complete Preseason 2-2
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Wrap-Up With some key players still nursing nagging injuries as the regular season rapidly approaches, the Wine & Gold wrapped up their preseason with a 129-100 loss to the Pistons on Friday night at the Breslin Center on the campus of Michigan State University.

The Cavaliers will get another crack at the Pistons in the Wolverine State in less than a week. On Friday night, Coach Tyronn Lue just wanted to get his team into the regular season at full strength.

Without the services of Kevin Love and Larry Nance Jr. along the front line, Detroit’s Andre Drummond and Blake Griffin were dominant down low through the first three quarters – and that turned out to be the difference as the Cavaliers fell for the second time to end their preseason run with a 2-2 mark.

The Cavs featured five players in double-figures, led by Rodney Hood, who did most of his damage from the stripe.

Hood notched 21 points in just over 22 minutes of work, going 4-of-13 from the floor but 11-of-12 from the stripe – adding four boards and an assist.

George Hill followed up with 14 points and did shoot the ball well – netting 14 points on 5-for-9 shooting, including a 3-of-5 showing from beyond the arc, adding four boards, a pair of assists and a steal.

Tristan Thompson came off the bench to net 13 points on 6-for-9 shooting, grabbing a team-high nine boards to go with two assists and a steal.

Kyle Korver and Ante Zizic were the only other Cavaliers in double-figures – finishing with 11 points apiece. Korver was 3-of-6 from the floor and 4-of-4 from the line. Zizic hit all four shots he attempted and led Cleveland’s starters with eight boards despite battling foul trouble for most of the night.

The Pistons were led by their All-Star frontcourt of Drummond and Griffin – who combined for 50 points in the win. Griffin was 11-of-17 from the floor and led everyone with 29 points; Drummond added 21 on 9-for-14 shooting, adding a game-high 15 boards.

The Cavaliers stayed close in this one by getting to the stripe – converting on 24 of their 32 free throw attempts. The Pistons only attempted 16 free throws, going 12-of-16 from the stripe.

But while the Wine & Gold had the advantage from the line, Detroit was far superior from a further line – canning 21 three-pointers to Cleveland’s 12 in the lopsided victory.

Turning Point - The Cavaliers were playing from behind almost all night, but used a 13-0 run midway through the second quarter and an 11-4 run late in the third to stay within striking distance – the third-period run cutting Detroit’s double-digit edge to just a single point, 88-87, with under a minute to play in the quarter.

But the Pistons would improve their advantage to six before the quarter’s end and never looked back in the fourth – scoring the first 12 points of the period, extending their lead to 18 points and pulling away for the win.

By the Numbers.882 … Ante Zizic’s field goal percentage (15-for-17) through four preseason games. In 32 games with the Wine & Gold last year, Big Z led the squad with a .731 (49-of-67) mark from the floor.

QuotableCoach Tyronn Lue, on getting his team ready for the regular season next week …

”We had a great camp and first game when Kevin (Love) was in the lineup and the second game as well. I thought we had a little momentum. We have to have these three to four days to catch up both offensively and defensively and go from there.”

Up Next - The Cavaliers wrapped up their preseason schedule with a 2-2 mark and will begin the 2018-19 regular season with a pair on the road – facing off against the Raptors on October 17 in Toronto and the T-Wolves two nights later in Minneapolis. Cleveland’s home opener is slated for October 21 against the Hawks with a back-to-back against Brooklyn at The Q the following Wednesday and a trip to the Motor City to face the Pistons the following night.


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#CavsPistons Preseason Postgame: Tristan Thompson

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media following Friday's preseason loss against the Detroit Pistons at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center at Michigan State University.

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#CavsPistons Preseason Postgame: Tristan Thompson

Cavaliers center Tristan Thompson spoke with the media following Friday's preseason loss against the Detroit Pistons at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center at Michigan State University.
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#CavsPistons Preseason Postgame: Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Friday's preseason loss against the Detroit Pistons at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center at Michigan State University.
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#CavsPistons Preseason Postgame: Coach Lue

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Friday's preseason against the Detroit Pistons Jack Breslin Student Events Center at Michigan State University.
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GAME RECAP: Pistons 129, Cavaliers 110

Blake Griffin scores 29 points and Andre Drummond adds 21 with 15 rebounds, as the Detroit Pistons close their preseason out with a 129-110 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers.
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Zizic Runs the Floor for Two

Collin Sexton spots Ante Zizic running the floor and rewards him with the dish for the layup.
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Tristan from Mid-range

Tristan Thompson shows off his jumper by knocking down the mid-range shot.
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GHill with the Hoop and the Harm

George Hill gets into the lane, draws the contact and gets the bucket to fall, plus the foul.
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Featured Highlight: T.T. Putback Slam

Tristan Thompson crashes the offensive glass and throws down the putback slam.
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Dekker with the Tip at the Horn

Sam Dekker hustles down the floor and gets the tip-in as the first quarter comes to a close.
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Rodney Hood with the Finger Roll

Rodney Hood drives to the hoop and scoops in the layup.
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#CavsPistons Shootaround: Kevin Love

Cavaliers forward/center Kevin Love spoke with the media prior to Friday's shootaround at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center at Michigan State University.
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#CavsPistons Shootaround: Coach Lue

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media prior to Friday's shootaround at the Jack Breslin Student Events Center at Michigan State University.
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Preseason Practice: Coach Lue

Cavaliers Head Coach Tyronn Lue spoke with the media following Thursday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold prep for the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
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Preseason Practice: Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Thursday's practice at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold prep for the Detroit Pistons on Friday.
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