NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Detroit|
(Wednesday, February 12th)
Final Score: Cleveland 93, Detroit 89
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Kyrie Irving scored seven of his 23
points in the final 30 seconds to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 93-89
victory over the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Cleveland led 86-85 in the final minute before Irving took control for the
Cavaliers. Tristan Thompson totaled 25 points and brought down 15 rebounds
while shooting 12-for-16 from the field.
The win marks the first four-game winning streak for the Cavs since winning
eight straight from March 8-24, 2010.
"It's been fun," said Irving. "Last year we went on a three-game winning
streak and we came in and laid an egg at home. This time we had a back to back
and we could have folded, especially at halftime. But we trusted one another."
Josh Smith scored 18 points and grabbed 10 rebounds and Andre Drummond
added 16 points and 17 boards for Detroit, which next faces Charlotte on
Wednesday following the All-Star break.
"They controlled the game down the stretch," said Detroit interim head coach
John Loyer. "You lead for 46 minutes, you expect to win the game."
Greg Monroe scored 16 points and had nine rebounds for the Pistons, while Will
Bynum and Kyle Singler contributed 12 points apiece, the latter adding seven
rebounds in defeat.
The Cavaliers trailed 81-80 with 2:06 remaining before Irving calmly sank a
pair from the line to put Cleveland ahead.
Smith answered with a dunk to put Detroit back on top. However, Thompson
followed up with a dunk of his own.
After a missed 4-footer from Smith on the other end, Thompson put back an
Irving miss and gave the Cavaliers an 86-83 advantage before Irving closed
out the game.
Detroit led 76-66 with 8:20 left after Bynum knocked down a pair from the
line, but the Cavaliers knotted the contest at 78-78 with five minutes
remaining on the strength of a 12-2 burst.
Monroe scored eight points in the first five minutes to help the Pistons jump
out to an early 17-7 lead. Detroit stretched its advantage to 26-13 with 2:46
left in the first quarter, but Cleveland finished the quarter with a 9-2 burst
to pull within 28-22.
After the teams traded baskets for much of the second quarter, Detroit used a
10-4 surge to carry a 51-40 lead into the break.
Cleveland will face Philadelphia Tuesday following the All-Star break ...
Detroit outrebounded Cleveland, 53-45 ... The Pistons shot 4-for-23 from
distance, while the Cavaliers went 5-for-15 from beyond the arc ... The
Cavaliers made 40.5 percent (34-of-84) from the field, while the Pistons made
39.8 percent from the floor (33-of-83).
02/13 00:46:10 ET