Pistons pound Cavs
Cleveland, OH (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups netted 18 points and handed
out 10 assists, as the Detroit Pistons knocked off the Cleveland Cavaliers,
90-78, at Quicken Loans Arena.
Rasheed Wallace and Chris Webber each had 15 points for the Pistons, who have
won three straight and seven of their last nine games overall. Wallace had 13
rebounds while Webber finished with six.
Antonio McDyess and Tayshaun Prince both had 12 points apiece in the victory.
“We controlled the tempo the whole time but we were making some bad decisions
on offense,” Prince said. “Thats why we struggled a little bit. We could
never get the lead over double-digits until late. We did have control pretty
Detroit has now won three in a row at Cleveland and five straight in the
LeBron James had 21 points, six assists and five rebounds for the Cavaliers,
who have lost two of their last three games. Larry Hughes had 14 points in the
“Any time you make a mistake, they know how to exploit it,” James said. “We
didn’t make too many mistakes, but as soon as you made a mistake, they made
you pay for it. They were closing the quarters the right way today and they
took advantage of it.”
The Pistons closed out the third quarter with a 12-4 run to take a 70-59 lead
into the final frame. Six different Detroit players scored points during the
The Pistons continued to run in front in the fourth quarter and a 15-foot jump
shot by McDyess made it 78-66 with about eight minutes to play.
A driving layup by James pulled Cleveland within 81-71 with just under three
minutes remaining in the contest.
A three-pointer by Sasha Pavlovic made it a seven-point contest, but that was
as close as the Cavaliers would get the rest of the way.
Behind nine points from Webber, the Pistons led 27-24 after the opening
Detroit ended the second period on a 9-2 burst to take a 50-43 lead into the
locker room. Webber led the way for the Pistons with 13 points and five
rebounds in the first half.
James and Hughes each had 10 points for the Cavaliers at the break.
Detroit shot 48.5 percent from the floor while Cleveland shot 42.5
percent…The Pistons hit 19-of-24 shots from the charity stripe while the
Cavs were just 6-of-9 from the free throw line…Cleveland dropped to 17-7 at
home this season…Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 12 points and 11 boards for