With the Pistons still trying to find its footing after Brandon Jennings ruptured his achilles on Saturday night and the Cleveland Cavaliers riding a six-game streak, four straight of which were by double digits, optimism for this game was low.
The Pistons started impressive enough, leading by seven with under two minutes remaining in the first quarter, 17-10, but that's when LeBron James showed up. James scored five points in the next minute and assisted another basket to tie the game. Early in the second quarter, any time the Pistons scored, James always seemed to have an answer at the other rim.
While James kept the Cavs in it early on his way to 32 points, it was Kyrie Irving who scored a game-high 38 and carried Cleveland through the finish line. It was Irving's three-pointer to cap off his 10 straight points for the Cavs in the second quarter that put them up for good. He added an exclamation point with 16 in the fourth, including the dagger three + subsequent stank face.
The Pistons hung around, but Cleveland's stars, turnovers (18) and second-chance points for the Cavs (20) were too much.
Six Pistons scored in double figures. Andre Drummond and Greg Monroe had double-doubles -- Drummond had 12 points and 17 rebounds, and Monroe had 17 points and 12 rebounds.
Now your thoughs.