Pistons get slammed by Cavs

James and Crowder

James and Crowder

"I'm upset with myself as much as anything", Van Gundy said. We knew they were going to come out and try to give us their best shot, and we had to be ready for that. Unfortunately, there will be a couple more of these as the year goes on.

The early spark was ignited by LeBron James. LeBron James and James Crowder joined in to help Love in the win, each scoring 18 points, while no Cavs starter played more than 28 minutes in the blowout.

Cleveland also tied a season high with 16 made 3-pointers, shooting 48.5 percent from deep. The Pistons held an 18-17 lead at that point, but for the remainder of the game, it was all Cavaliers. "Against a good team like that, we definitely wanted to come out and have a good game, but we just couldn't get it going". Although the Cavs have been playing solid basketball as of late, there has been a concern over the abundance of minutes James has logged in during that period. That takes my aggression away. Now I have to really play off him and that's what good players do. "But that's what great players do, they figure out the game plan and find a way to attack it".

Cleveland have now won five games in a row and have improved to 10-7.

What the Cavaliers did with Andre Drummond Monday night encapsulates the team's defensive improvement and success during this entire five-game winning streak. But nobody used fatigue as an excuse.

The Cleveland Cavaliers served emphatic notice on Monday night that the Pistons' occupancy at the top of the Central Division is temporary.

"They moved the ball really well, were able to get to a lot of mismatches and then capitalize off them", Harris said.

"Tonight was one of them. They switched a lot of things, too, which kind of got us a little bit off track". "Dwyane, his rookie year, was a starting point guard in the league for us in Miami", said Van Gundy, the former Heat coach.

"You just brush that one off your shoulder", Johnson said.

"We followed the plan like flawless today", Calderon said.

"I'm upset with myself more than anything", he said.

"Over the last six or seven games, we're starting to come together offensively and defensively, moving the basket, making the extra pass", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "I never had any handle on that game, obviously".

"I probably didn't do a good job rotating players and getting better matchups".

"I don't think we are 40 points or 20 points worse than any team in the league".

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