Midway through the first quarter, the Cavs surged to a double digit lead and looked like they’d cruise. But the Pistons battled back.
Still, it was behind Stanley Johnson and Anthony Tolliver. That couldn’t last. But it did.
Tobias Harris looked like he suffered a thigh injury, Andre Drummond beat up a shoulder. Still the teams battled for the lead.
Until the fourth. Then LeBron James took over. The game went from tied with 8:14 remaining, then James either scored or assisted on the next eight Cavs buckets over the next five minutes to build a 9 point lead.
Tolliver scored 20 points for the first time since 2014. Johnson was aggressive with mixed results. Eric Moreland was tough in his limited minutes. But despite the competitive game from the Pistons, their losing streak moves to eight.
They have a re-match against the Cavs in Detroit on Tuesday night.
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