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          === Cavs eliminated from playoff contention despite win ===
 
 Cleveland,  OH (SportsNetwork.com) - The Cleveland Cavaliers were led by seven
 players  scoring  in double figures  as they cruised to  a 122-100 rout of the
 Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.
 
 Despite  the win, the Cavaliers were eliminated from playoff contention as the
 Atlanta Hawks edged the Boston Celtics on Wednesday night.
 
 Dion  Waiters  tallied 22  points and  eight assists and  Spencer Hawes had 15
 points  and eight  rebounds for the Cavaliers,  who have won six of nine. Luol
 Deng  and  Tristan Thompson scored  13 and  10, respectively, with Deng adding
 seven assists.
 
 Coming  off  the bench, Tyler Zeller  scored 18, Matthew Dellavedova netted 14
 and  had a career-high  12 assists and Anderson Varejao added 11 points and 12
 boards.
 
 "I thought our guys played a good basketball game. We hit a little lull in the
 third quarter but besides that time I thought the little things we always talk
 about were really good tonight," said Cavaliers head coach Mike Brown.
 
 Brandon  Jennings and Jonas Jerebko had 17 points apiece, with Jennings adding
 seven helpers for the Pistons, who have lost three of five. Rodney Stuckey and
 Greg  Monroe  contributed 15 points apiece  and Andre Drummond added 11 points
 and 14 rebounds in defeat.
 
 After  trading  scores early  on Cleveland  used a 13-4  surge, with 11 points
 coming  from  Hawes, to  make it  a 23-13 game  with four  minutes left in the
 first.  The  Cavaliers led, 31-18,  heading into the  second frame and did not
 look back.
 
 Cleveland  bridged a  16-2  run  into the  second  quarter  and stretched  its
 advantage  to 25 points  with nine minutes left in the first half. The Pistons
 came  as close as 20 after that point, but the Cavs took a 69-37 lead into the
 break.
 
 "We  weren't getting  back  on defense  and  they were  making  shots when  we
 weren't,"  Jennings  said of  his team's  struggles. "I think  at one point we
 missed  11 straight  shots in  the first  half. We  definitely can't  win like
 that."
 
 The  Cavaliers remained ahead by at least 20 points and ended the third period
 with a 12-4 run.
 
 Detroit  trailed,  98-70, to  start the  fourth and managed  to come within 22
 points before the game ended.
 
                                   Game Notes
 
 The  Cavaliers  bench outscored  the Pistons  bench by a  54-34 margin ... The
 teams  split the season series. This marks the first season since 2009-10 that
 Detroit  hasn't won  the season  series ...  Cleveland has  won five  straight
 against  Central Division  opponents ... The Cavaliers have allowed fewer than
 45  points in  the paint in 18  consecutive games, which is the longest active
 streak in the NBA.
 
 
 
 04/09 23:40:04 ET