Kyrie, Lebron power Cavs past Pistons 103-95; Winning streak at 7

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

Photo used courtesy of: Erik Daniel Drost. (CC) Some rights reserved.

The streak is now at 7 as the Cavs (26-20) beat the Pistons (17-28) 103-95, improving to 18-9 against the Eastern Conference. During this winning streak, the Cavs have scored 100 points in all seven games, and have held opponents to 100 points or less in 5-straight games. Unlike the other six games during this streak, only two Cavaliers scored in double-figures, and only two went to the foul line tonight.

The two-headed monster of Lebron James and Kyrie Irving did all of the damage tonight, led by Kyrie’s season-high 38 Pts (6-10 3-PT), 6 Asts, 3 Stls and was a perfect 6-6 from the chairty stripe. With the three steals tonight, Kyrie now has 11 in his last four games. Lebron rode shotgun tonight with 32 Pts, 7 Asts, 6 Rebs and went 10-11 from the foul line. Kevin Love was non-existent tonight, shooting 3-11 from the field and somehow managed 7 Pts and pulled down 8 Rebs.

The closest anyone else came to double-figures was Shawn Marion who had 8 Pts off the bench. Tristan Thompson (4 Pts) again had another great night rebounding off the bench with 12 Rebs. Tristan came into tonight leading the league with 7.3 Rebs off the bench. Timofey Mozgov added 6 Pts and 7 Rebs, while J.R. Smith totalled just 5 Pts. The Cavs took a 2-point deficit after the fourth quarter and turned it into an 8-point lead at the half thanks to a 30-point second quarter where they held Detroit to only 20 points. The Cavs struggled to make anything in beginning of the game, but rebounded to finish with a field goal percentage of 41.9% (39-93 FG).

The Pistons were led by D.J. Augustin with 19 Pts and 9 Asts. Augustin (53%) became the first point guard to shoot over 30% against Kyrie during this 7-game winning streak. The post-duo of Greg Monroe (17 Pts) and Andre Drummond (12 Pts) again dominated the glass, pulling down a combined 29 Rebs with Drummond recording 17 and Monroe with 12. Three more Pistons finished in double-figures behind Augustin, Monroe and Drummond. Kentavius Caldwell-Pope (11 Pts), Anthony Tolliver (16 Pts) and Jodie Meeks (11 Pts) all contributed in the loss.

Normally when a team has six players score in double-figures, that team pulls out a win in the end. First, teams can’t win when they turn the ball over. Detroit committed 18 turnovers to just 9 for the Cavs. Second, most teams aren’t playing a redhot Cavaliers team that is playing well on both ends of the floor. It also doesn’t help that the now 48-time Eastern Conference Player of the Week is playing like his old self. Yes, that’s correct. As a matter of fact, Lebron’s 48 Player of the Week awards are an all-time record. Things did get a little scary when Lebron fell hard late in the game, but he got up and took a quick break before heading back to the floor. The silver lining for Detroit? They didn’t lose by double-digits like the previous four victims.

Up Next: The Cavs host the 32-13 Portland Trail Blazers Wednesday at The Q. The Trail Blazers were “snowed out” of Monday’s game against Brooklyn, and have been in Cleveland for the past few days. The last time these teams met, Portland throttled the Cavs 101-82. The Cavs shot a meager 36.5% while the Trail Blazers shot 49.3%.

Game MVP: Lebron James (32 Pts, 7 Asts & 6 Rebs) and Kyrie Irving (38 Pts, 6 Asts & 6-10 3-PT)

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Hello everyone. My name is Raymond Bosak and I live in Cleveland, Ohio. I am a die-hard Cleveland fan, and have been my entire life. I am looking forward to bringing you some excellent Browns, Buckeyes, and Indians coverage, and maybe some Cavs things too. Everything I write will be honest and upfront. I’ll aim to have a couple articles per week, including some game previews and reviews, 5 things to watch for, and game ball and game MVP(s).

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