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Young Guns Lead Cavs Past Pistons

Young Bull, Cedi Key in Cleveland's Final Flurry as Cavs Pull Away Late
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Wrap-Up -- The Cavaliers youngsters have come a long way.

With veterans Kevin Love, Tristan Thompson, Larry Nance Jr. and Matthew Dellavedova on the shelf, the Wine & Gold’s youth movement led the way – with Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman canning huge baskets down the stretch as Cleveland dropped another Eastern Conference contender at home, taking the 126-119 decision over Detroit on Monday night at The Q.

The Pistons demolished Cleveland in their previous visit back on March 3 – running out to a huge early lead and dumping the Cavs by 36 points. But it was a different story from the opening tip in their return.

Monday’s rematch was nip-and-tuck the entire way. The Pistons took an 11-point lead in the second quarter, but Cleveland erased that deficit before half. In the second stanza, there were eight ties and 11 lead-changes, with neither squad leading by more than five points before the Wine & gold pulled away in the final minute.

In those closing moments, the Pistons led by a deuce, 114-112, with 3:04 to play before Sexton canned his fourth triple of the night to give Cleveland the lead. On the Cavs’ next possession following a Wayne Ellington miss, Osman canned a three to put Cleveland up two possessions.

Reggie Jackson missed a three-point attempt on the other end and the Young Bull put an exclamation point on the affair – drilling his fifth three-pointer to essentially seal the deal and avoid the season sweep.

On the evening, Sexton continued his late-season push – topping the 20-point mark for the sixth straight game with a game-high 27-point effort, going 10-for-16 from the floor, including 5-of-6 from beyond the arc, adding two boards and a pair of steals.

Cedi followed up a strong shooting performance in Dallas with another strong showing on Monday – finishing with 21 points on 7-for-14 shooting and a perfect 5-of-5 from the stripe to go with four boards and a game-high six assists.

Nik Stauskas had easily his best game as a Cavalier – notching 17 points in 24 minutes off the bench, going 5-of-7 from the floor, including 2-of-3 from long-range in the victory.

Cedi Osman

Seven Cavs score in double-digits in Monday's win over Detroit.

Brandon Knight, as he usually does, did most of his best work early – netting 14 of his 16 points before intermission, adding four boards, five assists and a steal.

Jordan Clarkson – who got some much-needed help from his fellow reserves – added 14 points on 6-of-10 shooting, while Marquese Chriss doubled-up for the first time as a Cavalier, finishing with 10 points, 10 boards and a pair of blocks.

David Nwaba, pressed into the starting lineup with Kevin Love getting the night off with a lower back contusion, was the seventh Cavalier in double-figures – chipping in with 13 points on 5-of-6 shooting, adding six boards, four assists, a steal and blocked shot.

For Detroit, Andre Drummond posted his second 20-point, 20-rebound game against Cleveland this season – tallying 21 points and 21 boards, nine of those off the offensive glass. Former Cavalier Wayne Ellington led the Pistons – finishing with 25 points, going 7-for-13 from three-point range in the loss.

Turning Point -- After reaching the Finals over the past four years, the Wine & Gold have been looking for a new closer among their young guns. But on Monday night, two players stepped up to take the honors – with Collin Sexton and Cedi Osman leading the Wine & Gold’s final flurry.

The fourth quarter alone featured six ties and five lead-changes, with the final push coming compliment of the young duo.

The Pistons took a two-point edge when Reggie Jackson split a pair of free throws with just over three minutes to play. But that’s as good as it would get for Detroit – with Sexton hitting a pair of threes and Cedi chipping in with a bomb at the 1:23 mark and a pair of free throws with 15 seconds to play.

Cleveland’s eight-point led with 33 seconds to play was its biggest lead of the game.

By the Numbers26.5 .567, .564, .905 … Collin Sexton’s scoring average – plus his shooting percentage, three-point percentage and free throw percentage – over his last six games, topping the 23-point mark in six straight contests to become the first rookie since Tim Duncan in 1998 to do so. His six-game run of at least 20 points is the longest such streak by a rookie this season.

QuotableCedi Osman, on his teammates’ effort in Monday night’s win …

"Offensively, Collin had a great night, David, Nik – just as a team, we had a really good night. We made some tough shots and some clutch shots and we're excited that we won the game. We’re happy."

Up Next -- With now under a dozen games remaining in the campaign, the Wine & Gold’s homestand rolls on this week – with the Greek Freak and his Eastern Conference-leading Milwaukee Bucks rolling in on Wednesday night followed by a visit from the Clippers on Friday. The Cavaliers get back on the road this weekend, traveling to Milwaukee for a quick rematch with the Bucks on Sunday afternoon. Cleveland comes home for a meeting with the Celtics next Tuesday before embarking on a five-game West Coast roadie – their final trip of the season.

Calls of the Game

#CavsPistons Postgame: Coach Drew

Cavaliers Head Coach Larry Drew spoke with the media following Monday’s 126-119 win over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.

Cavaliers vs. Pistons - March 18, 2019

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#CavsPistons Postgame: Coach Drew

Cavaliers Head Coach Larry Drew spoke with the media following Monday’s 126-119 win over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 18, 2019  |  09:54

#CavsPistons Postgame: Nik Stauskas

Cavaliers guard Nik Stauskas spoke with the media following Monday’s 126-119 win over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 18, 2019  |  03:29

#CavsPistons Postgame: Cedi Osman

Cavaliers forward Cedi Osman spoke with the media following Monday’s 126-119 win over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 18, 2019  |  06:15

#CavsPistons On-Court Postgame: Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with FOX Sports Ohio's Angel Gray following Monday’s 126-119 win over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 18, 2019  |  01:37

#CavsPistons Postgame: Collin Sexton

Cavaliers guard Collin Sexton spoke with the media following Monday’s 126-119 win over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
Mar 18, 2019  |  03:22

GAME RECAP: Cavaliers 126, Pistons 119

Sexton scores 27 points as the Cavaliers get the win over the Pistons, 126-119.
Mar 18, 2019  |  00:00

Collin Sexton (27 points) Highlights vs. Detroit Pistons

The Young Bull tallied his fifth-straight 23-plus scoring performance on Monday night against Detroit.
Mar 18, 2019  |  00:00

Cedi and Collin Nail Back-to-Back Treys Late in Fourth

Collin and Cedi go off late in the fourth quarter, tallying a pair of back-to-back three-pointers to get the crowd going.
Mar 18, 2019  |  00:21

Brandon Knight Oops Marquese Chriss

Brandon Knight eyes Marquese Chriss for a perfectly timed alley-oop.
Mar 18, 2019  |  00:19

Stauskas Drops Pretty Dime to Chriss

Nik Stauskas uses his eagle vision to drop a nice dime to Marquese Chriss in the third quarter.
Mar 18, 2019  |  00:11

Cedi Knocks It Down from Deep in The Q

Cedi gets confident and knocks down a deep three-pointer during the third quarter of Monday's game.
Mar 18, 2019  |  00:08

Z.0 Puts Thon Maker on a Poster

Ante Zizic throws down the rim-rattling dunk in the second quarter, much to the dismay of Detroit's Thon Maker.
Mar 18, 2019  |  00:11

Featured Highlight: Nwaba Raises the Roof

Cedi Osman dimes David Nwaba on the fast break for a fierce slam dunk in the second quarter.
Mar 18, 2019  |  00:10

Nwaba Toughs His Way to an And-One

David Nwaba powers his way through the paint, earning both the bucket and a trip to the line in the process.
Mar 18, 2019  |  00:13

Knight Shakes & Bakes before Canning Trey

Brandon Knight makes some nice moves below the basket before carrying past the line and draining the three.
Mar 18, 2019  |  00:19

Sexton Steals and Scores in the First

Collin Sexton makes a great play on the ball in the first quarter, picking the Pistons' pockets before knocking down the fast-break layup in this ‘More Driven Highlight’ driven by Goodyear.
Mar 18, 2019  |  00:14

David Nwaba Denies Detroit with Big Block

David Nwaba says 'Get that weak stuff outta here!' during the first quarter of Monday's game against the Pistons.
Mar 18, 2019  |  00:13

#CavsPistons Shootaround: Channing Frye

Cavaliers center Channing Frye spoke with the media following Monday's shootaround at Cleveland Clinic Courts as the Wine & Gold prep for the Detroit Pistons.
Mar 18, 2019  |  06:24

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