The Cleveland Cavaliers and LeBron James have their sights set on an NBA Finals appearance so it's no surprise they decided to make quick work of the Detroit Pistons and cruise the rest of the night. The outgunned Pistons lost 109-97, but the score doesn't do justice to just how much the Cavs outplayed Detroit.
The score was 36-14 after the first quarter and 62-37 at halftime. JR Smith was raining 3-pointers, LeBron James had seven assists and the Cavs were shooting 53 percent at the break. It was the definition of an ugly game.
In the end, James finished with a triple-double of 21 points, 10 rebounds and 11 assists. Smith led all scorers with 28 points and eight 3-pointers.
The lopsided score allowed the Pistons to give Quincy Miller his first extended look in a Detroit uniform and he was unimpressive. Miller, who the Pistons took a flyer on as a developmental player, played 15 minutes and didn't score, missing all seven of his shots.
Reggie Jackson did his Reggie Jackson thing, displaying a lot of great scoring moves mixed in with too much poor decision-making. Jackson finished with 18 points on 18 shots and had eight assists to go with four turnovers. Andre Drummond shot a healthy 10-of-13 but went 0-of-5 from the charity stripe and only corralled nine rebounds in nearly 40 minutes of action. He was also pretty well out-muscled and out-played by Timofey Mozgov.
Detroit has one more game, Wednesday against the Knicks, before this wild and disappointing season is in the history books. It could be the last game we see the following players in a Pistons uniform -- Tayshaun Prince, Caron Butler, Joel Anthony, John Lucas III, Quincy Miller, Shawne Williams and, of course, Greg Monroe.