Josh Smith, Brandon Jennings carry Pistons over Cavaliers

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Brandon Jennings earned his ninth double-double this season, scoring 21 points and registering 13 assists, to help the Detroit Pistons crush the Cleveland Cavaliers, 115-92. The Pistons shot 46-96 (47.9%) from the field and dominated the offensive glass, pulling down 18 boards. Detroit (14-16) picked up the win after falling to the Houston Rockets on Saturday.

Jennings went 6-11 from the field (2-5 on 3-pointers) and 7-8 from the free throw line, in a quality performance offensively. Other top performers for Detroit were Josh Smith with 25 points and 8 rebounds, Rodney Stuckey with 14 points and 5 steals, and Andre Drummond with 14 points and 11 rebounds. On 7-14 shooting, including 3-6 from behind the arc, Kyrie Irving scored 21 points for Cleveland in the loss. He also added 7 assists. Tristan Thompson contributed 17 points and 6 rebounds and Matthew Dellavedova finished with 10 points and 6 assists.

The Cavaliers posted an eFG% of just 43.2%, including 28.6% from 3-point range. This year, they are 1-7 when they record marks below 45% and 30% in those respective categories. On the other hand, the Pistons are 3-1 when holding their opponents to such low percentages.

Cleveland (10-17) has now lost back-to-back games after falling to Chicago on Saturday.

Coming up next, the Pistons play the Orlando Magic, who are 8-20 on the year. The Cavaliers match up against the Atlanta Hawks, currently 15-12 this season. The Cavaliers have a 0-1 record against Atlanta this season.

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