Detroit cruises past Cleveland as LeBron sprains ankle
Detroit, MI (Sports Network) – Rasheed Wallace scored 16 points and pulled
down nine rebounds as six Pistons scored in double figures in a 96-73 rout of
the Cleveland Cavaliers.
Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince each scored 14 points for Detroit, which
tied a franchise-record for most wins in a season. Maurice Evans scored 13
points while Tony Delk tallied 12. Antonio McDyess added 10.
LeBron James led all-scorers with 22 points for the Cavs, who saw their modest
two-game winning streak come to a crashing halt. Zydrunas Ilgauskas was the
only other Cleveland player to score in double-figures with 10 points.
James left the game with 1:36 remaining in the third quarter with a left ankle
sprain. He is listed as day-to-day.
The Pistons used a dominating first half to coast to an easy victory over the
Trailing by three, 19-16, with 2:30 left in the first period, Hamilton drained
a trey to ignite a 11-0 Detroit run to close the period out, giving the
Pistons a 27-19 lead heading into the second.
Then, after Donyell Marshall nailed a bank shot, his only points of the game,
to bring Cleveland with six, 29-23, just 1:43 into the second period, the
defending Eastern Conference champions rolled off a 14-0 run to take a
commanding 20 point lead, 43-23, with 5:48 left before halftime. During the
spurt Anderson Varejao was called for a Type 2 Flagrant Foul on Wallace and
was ejected from the game.
After a James’ layup, the Pistons, sparked by a Wallace three-pointer, closed
the half out on a 13-4 run and led by a resounding 27 points at the break,
56-29. The point total for the Cavs tied a season-low. Cleveland was unable to
seriously threaten in the second half.
The Cavs shot just 35.1 percent from the field, including 12.5 percent from
beyond the arc (2-of-16). Detroit, meanwhile, shot 43.7 percent and converted
7-of-18 shots from three-point territory.
Cleveland’s Alan Henderson dislocated a finger on his right hand with 11:19
left in the final quarter and did not return. He finished with five points and
four rebounds…The Cavs managed to outrebound Detroit 49-46.