If there's ever such thing as a must-lose game, this was it. The Pistons were in Cleveland in body, but in tanking spirit, they did not disappoint. The game was never really a game as the Cavaliers outscored the Pistons by 13 in the first quarter and 19 in the second. That's a 32-point deficit at half time.
The Pistons played much better in the second half, but were only able to make up 10 of that half-time difference.
What stood out:
The Cavaliers had a franchise record 26 first-half assists. They finished with an astounding 41.
Who stood out:
Andre Drummond had his 54th double-double with 11 points and 14 rebounds. He's second in the NBA in double-doubles, behind only Kevin Love (62).
Australian point guard Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points and 12 assists in a really impressive effort off the bench for the Cavs, besting Kyrie Irving's performance.
- Quote of the night [via Detroit News]:
"We really didn't compete the first two quarters the way we had in some of our worst games," - John Loyer
- Nice line for Jonas Jerebko in 25 minutes off the bench - 17 points on 11 shots and four rebounds.
- Roll Call
|2||Kellen Moore Our Savior?||46|
|19||OK from J||3|
|20||Dumars' Last Stand||3|
|24||My center jump higher||1|