Tristan Thompson scored 25 points and notched 15 rebounds, his 24th double-double of the season, to lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to a close victory over the Detroit Pistons, 93-89. This is the fourth straight victory for Cleveland (20-33).
Thompson shot 12-16, in a solid outing. Kyrie Irving also chipped in for Cleveland, finishing with 23 points and 5 rebounds. Despite the loss, Josh Smith put up 18 points for Detroit on 7-15 shooting (1-3 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 3-6 from the free throw line. Greg Monroe added 16 points and 9 rebounds, Andre Drummond finished with 16 points and 17 rebounds, and Kyle Singler put up 12 points and 7 rebounds.
In addition to 17.4% from 3-point range, the Pistons tallied an eFG% of just 42.2%. They are winless (0-10) on the season when registering marks below 30% and 45%, respectively, in those statistics. The Cavaliers, conversely, are 8-1 when holding the opposition to such dismal shooting numbers.
This defeat means an end to a three-game winning streak for Detroit, pushing their record to 22-30 for the year.
Coming up, the Cavaliers square off with the Philadelphia 76ers, who are 15-38 on the season. The Pistons match up with the Charlotte Bobcats, currently sitting at 23-30 this year. The Cavaliers won their last two meetings with Philadelphia. The Pistons are 0-1 versus Charlotte this season.