Cavs surge past Pistons in second half
The Pistons were right there with the Cavs, until they weren't. Cleveland answered a 7-0 Pistons run to start the second half with a 16-2 push and continued to get good looks at the basket on their way to tying an NBA Playoff record with 20 3-pointers and an easy 107-90 win over Detroit in Game 2.
For a while, the Pistons looked like they were going to take this one right down to the bitter end. But after that initial surge to start the second half, the offense went cold on its way scoring just 28 points over the game's final 22 minutes.
The game really got away from the Pistons when the bench came on late in the third quarter. The lead stretch to nine, then to 12, then to 14 and so on. Stan Van Gundy didn't go back to his starters until the game was way out of hand. Can't really fathom what he was thinking after the Cavs pushed their lead to 18 early in the fourth.
LeBron James led all scorers with 27, J.R. Smith scored 21 and Kyrie Irving 20.
Andre Drummond, who was unstoppable in the post for the better part of the first half, led the Pistons with 20. Reggie Jackson finished with 14, but scored just two in the second half.
It's time for the Pistons to regroup for Game 3 at The Palace and realize what they're up against. The biggest problem has been after they make a push, Cleveland calls a timeout and comes back out of the break ready to roll. The Pistons have to find a way to carry over momentum through timeouts.
All Pistons starters finished in double figures, but Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris combined to go just 5-for-20 from the field. You're not going anywhere with a field goal percentage like that from your starting forwards.
Pistons bench showing little life
When Matthew Dellavedova is getting to the basket with ease, it's time to call a timeout. Unfortunately, Stan Van Gundy left most of the Pistons bench in the game and the Cavs pushed their lead to 18 at 88-70 with 9:45 left to play.
Nobody on the floor right now can buy a bucket and the shot selection has been porous.
Cleveland in control after third quarter
The Pistons offense has been sloppy, their defense has been virtually non-existent, and the Cavs seem to be on the verge of running them off the court, taking an 82-68 lead heading to the fourth quarter.
After scoring the first seven points of the game, the Pistons couldn't buy a bucket. They were outscored 27-8 after that initial burst. It's going to take something magical in the fourth quarter for the Pistons to claw their way back into this one.
Cleveland has hit 17 3-pointers, a franchise record in the playoffs. The NBA record for a playoff game is 20.
Cavs hit back
The Pistons scored the first seven points of the second half, but Cleveland has gone on a 16-2 run since the timeout and pushed its lead to 71-62 with 4:47 remaining in the third quarter.
Kyrie Irving went scoreless in the second quarter after putting up 13 in the first, but he sparked the Cavs with five quick points out of the timeout.
After two Marcus Morris free throws, Kevin Love knocked down just his second long ball of the night to put Cleveland back out in front. LeBron James added one of his own and the Pistons are stagnant on offense right now. They need to get something out of their forwards, Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris.
Pistons come out of the half hot
A Reggie Jackson layup, a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope 3-pointer in the face of LeBron James, and an Andre Drummond hook. That's how the Pistons just scored the first seven points of the second half and taken a 60-55 lead over Cleveland with 10:24 to play in the third quarter.
The good version of Jackson showed up midway through the second quarter. If he continues the solid decision making and his teammates continue to play with confidence, this one's going to the bitter end.
Cavs hold slim lead at halftime
The Pistons came out unafraid in the first quarter, seemingly unaware that they are a young team that was just supposed to lay down against Goliath after letting a golden opportunity slip through their hands in Game 1.
After working a double-digit lead in the first quarter, the Pistons fell victim to King James to start the second, falling behind by six points and facing a team and a crowd that was absolutely on fire.
As it stands at the half, the Cavs lead, 55-53, but the Pistons are hanging around with solid offensive sets.
When Cleveland went to small ball, putting Kevin Love at center, the Pistons were prepared, getting the ball to Andre Drummond as he rolled to the basket for multiple easy buckets. Drummond finished the first half with a team-high 15 points.
By no means are the Pistons all the way there yet, but they continue to show poise under pressure (aside from a silly technical foul on Marcus Morris midway through the second quarter). What they have done is set up an extremely interesting second half in Cleveland. It looks like, once again, they'll have a chance to steal a game in this series if they continue to play smart basketball.
LeBron led the Cavs with 16 points, J.R. Smith had 15 points on five 3-pointers, Kyrie Irving netted 13.
The biggest advantage for Cleveland has come from beyond the arc, where they are 11-for-20, compared to the Pistons who are just 3-for-10.
Reggie Jackson turned it on midway through the second quarter. He has 12 points and five assists.
Pistons continue to show fight
The Pistons went on an 8-0 run after falling behind, but J.R. Smith knocked down a 3-pointer to put the Cavs back in front by a point.
The offense is really flowing right now for Detroit. Reggie Jackson is keeping the ball moving and just about every set is working through Andre Drummond (11 points) in the post.
After Tobias Harris put in two free throws, the Pistons took back the slim lead, 46-45, with 3:16 to play in the second quarter.
Cavs on fire, but Pistons hanging around
The crowd is on fire in Cleveland as the Cavs and LeBron continue to roll on the offensive end.
The Pistons, for their part, are not cowering into the shadows. A few Reggie Jackson buckets has kept them hanging around, but right now, the defense is a big problem.
Cleveland has gone small and Andre Drummond just cannot stick with Kevin Love out on the perimeter. After Love hit his first jumper of the night, Stan Van Gundy immediately called a timeout and took Drummond off the floor.
Right now, it's 42-36, Cleveland leads, with 5:46 to play until halftime.
The King is holding court
A lob to Lebron James and a Richard Jefferson 3-pointer was how the second quarter opened up, and that's been a theme that has developed early in this series, as the Cavs have come out of timeouts to go on runs and erase leads.
Stan Van Gundy called a timeout just a minute into the quarter, but he left a lineup consisting of all bench guys on the floor while LeBron James took advantage with eights points to push Cleveland in front, 34-30, with 8:25 to play in the second quarter.
James has 10 points on the night.
Pistons play fiery first quarter in Cleveland
After Kyrie Irving went on a run, the Pistons had an answer: Stanley Johnson.
Johnson checked in with just over four minutes to play in the first quarter and has really given this team a shot of life, hitting two big shots that helped push a 2-point lead back to nine.
After the first quarter, the Pistons lead the Cavs, 28-23.
The Pistons really asserted themselves in the first quarter, showing no hangover effect from their Game 1 collapse. The hustle really showed up on the glass, where Detroit outrebounded Cleveland, 9-6. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had six of those boards for the Pistons, who shot 47 percent in the opening frame. The Cavs shot 45 percent.
Irving torching Pistons
The Pistons stretched their early lead to 10 after a pair of Tobias Harris free throws, but Kyrie Irving continues to be the Pistons' kryptonite, hitting back-to-back 3-pointers to quickly cut the lead to four.
Irving is going off in the first quarter, scoring 13 of the Cavs 15 points.
Stanley Johnson answered an 8-0 run from Irving after he checked in with a nice drive and runner off the glass.
It's 19-15, Pistons lead, with 3:14 to play in the 1st.
Pistons taking it to Cleveland early on
If fans were worried about the Pistons hanging their heads after missing a golden opportunity in Game 1 and letting the Cavs run all over them from the outset tonight, well, that's just not happening.
The Pistons are out to a 15-7 lead, and the energy is great from everybody on the floor with 6:46 to play in the first quarter.
The Pistons are 6-for-11 from the field, while Cleveland is just 3-for-9.
Andre Drummond scored just two points in the first half of Game 1. He's already topped that numbers less than three minutes into the game. On the the first possession of Game 2, Drummond got in good position on the block and hit a hook to get the Pistons on the board. He also got to the free throw line and knocked down one of the pair while also drawing a second foul on Tristan Thompson, who took an early seat on the bench.
Marcus Morris, who disappeared in the second half on Sunday after putting up 19 in the first half, hit the first 3-pointer of the night to give the Pistons an 8-2 lead. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope also has a long ball and another jumper for five early points.
Pistons vs. Cavaliers
What: Second of a seven-game first-round series
When: Wednesday, 8:10 p.m.
Where: Quicken Loans Arena.
Local TV: FSD
National TV: TNT
Internet streaming: NBA.TV (subscription required)
Local radio: 105.1 FM
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