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Matthew Dellavedova scores 21, Cavaliers pull out the close victory against Pistons

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The Cleveland Cavaliers pulled out the close victory against the Detroit Pistons, 97-96. This is the third straight win for Cleveland (29-44).

Matthew Dellavedova came off the bench and scored 21 points on 7-9 shooting, including 5-7 on 3-point attempts, in a solid performance. Anderson Varejao chipped in 12 points and 16 rebounds for Cleveland as well. On 11-23 shooting, including 1-5 from behind the arc, Josh Smith put up 24 points for Detroit in the loss. He also tallied 8 rebounds, 6 assists and 3 blocks. Brandon Jennings added 17 points and 13 assists and Greg Monroe finished with 14 points and 8 rebounds.

This drops Detroit (26-45) to 1-2 against Cleveland on the year.

Coming up next, the Cavaliers play the Brooklyn Nets, who are 37-33 on the year. The Pistons match up against the Miami Heat, currently 48-21 this season. The Cavaliers are 1-1 versus Brooklyn this season. The Pistons have lost their last two meetings with Miami.

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