Published: Tue, November 21, 2017
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Cleveland Cavaliers assert themselves in rout of Detroit Pistons

Cleveland Cavaliers assert themselves in rout of Detroit Pistons

James chipped in with 18 points and eight assists but, unusually for this season, the Cavaliers got balanced scoring from all over the court. Karl Malone was 37, played 38 minutes a night, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, Kobe [Bryant]. Giannis Antetokounmpo, 22, is second with 37.8 minutes for Milwaukee.

The Cavaliers outrun the Pistons during the first quarter with the score of 36-23 with James finishing with 16 points and Kevin Love with 12. "You play really good teams and you don't play well and they play great, that's what happens".

"We just have been playing well of late", James said.

The Cavs - missing injured point guards Isaiah Thomas and Derrick Rose - were too efficient (52.5 percent shooting) and came at the Pistons in waves, getting 44 points from their bench. "It's not a huge issue". "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".

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"I just wanted to keep the pedal down", James said. (ESPN reported he sounded "somewhat perturbed" when asked about James' minutes). But lately they're winning and looking proper and Monday won their 5th game in a row. "We haven't had a win like this in a very long time".

During the first quarter, James picked up where he left off from Friday night's 39-point performance by knocking down 16 during the period. "We had a little bit of trying to go one-on-one and guys trying to get us back in the game".

James has been playing monstrous quantities of minutes so far in the 2017-18 National Basketball Association season, as the Cavaliers have battled to overcome a lack of consistency at point guard and some of the more serious defensive issues in the league. "It's a pretty big step for us". As a team, the Cavaliers' main weapon during the first two quarters was the 3-pointer, with seven different players connecting on 11-of-17 (65 percent) from long-range. There were a lot of good things tonight that felt like or looked like the stuff we're capable of out there on the floor. "That's what we're capable of doing when we play the right way".

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