News ID: 204724
Published: 0321 GMT November 21, 2017

LeBron, Cavs rout Pistons for fifth straight win; Celtics extend streak

LeBron, Cavs rout Pistons for fifth straight win; Celtics extend streak
Pistons center Andre Drummond (R) tries to block a 3-point shot from Cavaliers forward LeBron James during the first half of an NBA Central Division game at Detroit’s Little Caesars Arena on November 20, 2017.
JUNFU HAN/DETROIT FREE PRESS

LeBron James scored 16 of his 18 points in the first quarter and the Cavaliers made 11 3-pointers in the first half on the way to a 116-88 rout of the Detroit Pistons on Monday night.

Cleveland led 73-46 at halftime thanks to an overwhelming shooting performance, an indication that Detroit's stay atop the Central Division might not last much longer, Associated Press reported.

An emphatic win over a first-place opponent had James and the Cleveland Cavaliers talking confidently again.

"We haven't had a win like that in a very long time," James said.

"That's what happens when we don't let up."

The Pistons still lead the Cavs by a game, but Cleveland has won five straight and scored at least 110 points in eight of its last nine.

"That was 48 minutes of game planning and execution right from the beginning," James said.

"They've been playing extremely good basketball. They were coming off a great win (Sunday) night in Minnesota, so we knew that they were going to come out here and try to give us their best shot, and had to be ready for that."

The Cavaliers led 27-22 when James went to the bench late in the first quarter. By the time he came back in, it was 50-30. Cleveland's reserves ended up outscoring Detroit's 26-8 in the first half.

The Cavs shot 62 percent from the field in the first two quarters and 11-of-17 from 3-point range. They finished the game 16-of-33 from beyond the arc.

"I'm not upset at our guys. I didn't see our guys quitting or anything like that," Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. "We got a little bit shell shocked."

Pistons played well on offense at the start. A 3-pointer by Avery Bradley put Detroit ahead 18-17.

James, however, answered with two 3s and a turnaround jumper, and the Pistons weren't able to keep up with Cleveland's torrid shooting.

It was 36-23 after the first quarter, and the Cavs broke the game open at the start of the second. Channing Frye made back-to-back 3-pointers to make it 46-28.

Harris led Detroit with 11 points. Kevin Love had 19 points and 11 rebounds for Cleveland.

The previous matchup between these teams wasn't much different. The Cavs beat Detroit 128-96 on March 14 in Cleveland. That was the largest margin of victory by the Cavs against the Pistons — although Cleveland nearly broke that mark Monday.

 

Breather

 

Cleveland led 101-62 after three, and the top players for both teams sat out the final period. James ended up playing only 27:17 after surpassing 40 minutes in three of his previous five games.

"I played with Michael Jordan when he was 39; he played 37 minutes a night. Karl Malone was 37 and played 38 minutes a night," Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said.

"Everybody's built different and if you're one of the greats sometimes you've got to play and sometimes you get rest like tonight."

 

16 in a row

 

Kyrie Irving scored a season-high 47 points, including 10 in overtime, and the Boston Celtics rallied again from a double-digit deficit to beat the host Dallas Mavericks 110-102 on Monday night and extend their winning streak to 16 games.

The streak is ties the fourth-longest in franchise history.

Dallas led by as many as 13 points in the fourth quarter but the Celtics tied the score 96-96 when Irving stole the ball from Dirk Nowitzki and fed Jayson Tatum for an alley-oop layup.

Harrison Barnes scored 31 points for the Mavericks.

   
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