It looked like the Pistons were rolling to their third straight impressive home win against a top team in the Eastern Conference and then the Cleveland Cavaliers went on a 20-3 run and rode the broad shoulders of LeBron James and some Kevin Love shooting to a 102-93 win. It was the Cavs' 17th win in their last 19 games.
The Pistons led 62-53 at the half behind hot shooting from their backcourt, Reggie Jackson and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, who combined for 28 points on 9-for-14 shooting. An oop from Jackson to Andre Drummond and a triple from Pope to start the third quarter put the Pistons up 14.
But that's when LBJ's passing led to three of Kevin Love's four third-quarter threes (he had eight of them in the game) en route to a 20-3 Cavs run. The Pistons retook the lead briefly, 74-73, but it was all Cleveland, mostly LBJ, after that. LeBron finished with 19 points and 11 assists with nine turnovers. He passed Scottie Pippen for the most assists by a forward all-time.
The Pistons received really poor play from Spencer Dinwiddie and John Lucas III at the backup point guard position. They were really awful. Greg Monroe also struggled despite finishing with a double-double. Tayshaun Prince had a few highlights in his first game back with the Pistons.
Jackson led the Pistons with 22 points, nine assists (a few oops to Drummond) and eight rebounds.
All of Love's baskets were threes -- he led the Cavs with 24.
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