NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Detroit|
(Wednesday, March 26th)
Final Score: Cleveland 97, Detroit 96
Auburn Hills, MI (SportsNetwork.com) - Dion Waiters received an inbounds pass
from Luol Deng with 3.2 seconds left, dribbled to his left and nailed a long
two-point jumper as time expired to lift the Cleveland Cavaliers to a 97-96
win over the Detroit Pistons.
"I knew that it was good when I let it go," said Waiters. "I was comfortable,
he (Rodney Stuckey) let me get to my patented move almost. It was up to me
just to make a shot."
The shot was the first buzzer-beater for the Cavs since Mo Williams beat the
Milwaukee Bucks on Nov. 24, 2010.
Detroit led 96-87 late in the fourth after a Kyle Singler jumper, then Jarrett
Jack hit a 3-pointer that was part of an 8-0 run to cut the deficit to one
with 53.8 seconds left.
The Pistons had two chances at increasing the lead, but came up empty both
times and Deng pulled down a rebound with seconds remaining, allowing the Cavs
a shot at the win.
"(It) was a screwy situation," said Singler. "We played well enough to win. We
should have won, but the ball just didn't bounce our way."
Matthew Dellavedova scored a career-high 21 points off the bench and Waiters
tallied 18 points for the Cavs, who played without star point guard Kyrie
Irving for the sixth straight game due to a strained bicep.
Jack contributed 17 points in place of Irving, and Anderson Varejao netted 12
points with 16 rebounds in Cleveland's third straight win.
With the win, the Cavs now trail Atlanta by 3 1/2 games for eighth place in
the Eastern Conference.
Josh Smith paced Detroit with 24 points to go along with eight rebounds and
six assists. Singler notched 18 points, Brandon Jennings had 17 points with 13
assists and Greg Monroe deposited 14 points with eight rebounds in the
Pistons' sixth loss in their last seven contests.
The Pistons ripped off a 17-1 run to take a 21-7 lead.
Jennings started the surge with a 3-pointer and later added a trey, then
Singler capped it with just under 6 1/2 minutes left in the first.
Cleveland cut into the deficit over the final six minutes and trailed 33-24
after 12 minutes.
Dellavedova hit a trey to start a 9-0 run with under eight minutes left in the
second. Tristan Thompson capped the spurt with a pair of free throws to tie
the game at 37-37.
No team led by more than two the rest of the half and Singler's 3 with 1.5
seconds remaining gave the Pistons a 51-50 lead at the break.
Monroe's layup 4:14 into the third capped a 14-4 quarter-opening that gave the
hosts a 65-54 advantage. He then added a layup after a pair of free throws
that stretched the margin to 15 with 1 1/2 minutes left.
A Jennings 3 capped the scoring in the third and helped the Pistons to an
82-66 lead entering the fourth.
Detroit led comfortably throughout the fourth before Cleveland's game-ending
Cleveland shot 37-of-85 from the field ... The Cavs bench outscored Detroit's
reserves by a 45-17 margin ... Detroit owned a 48-45 edge on the glass ...
Cleveland scored 19 points off of 13 Detroit turnovers.
03/27 01:01:34 ET