NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Detroit
(Sunday, February 1st)
Final Score: Cleveland 90, Detroit 80
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Daniel Gibson and Mo Williams combined to score 15 of the first 17 points in the fourth quarter, and the Cleveland Cavaliers completed their come-from-behind victory over the Detroit Pistons in a 90-80 decision at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Williams finished with 22 points, seven rebounds and four assists, while LeBron James led all scorers with 33 points to go with eight helpers for the Cavaliers, who have won six of seven games.
"Two very good defensive teams, but we knew we had to keep shooting," said James. "That's our motto. We keep shooting, no matter if we're shooting bad or not. We fought our way through it."
Zydrunas Ilgauskas, in his second game since returning from a 13-game absence due to an ankle injury, recorded 13 points and eight boards in the win.
Allen Iverson scored 22 points for Detroit, which lost for the fourth time in five games after being outscored 32-14 in an emotionless fourth quarter. Richard Hamilton recorded 16 points and Tayshaun Prince added 11 in a losing cause.
"We had a couple of defensive lapses in the first couple of minutes and they took total advantage of it," said Iverson. "We weren't able to recover from that point on."
With James on the bench to start the fourth, the Cavs, specifically Gibson and Williams, exploded on a 15-2 run to open the frame. Gibson scored the first seven points of the quarter -- his only points of the game -- and Williams answered a Hamilton jumper with eight consecutive points.
Williams' deuce gave the visitors a 73-68 lead with 7 1/2 minutes to play, and the Pistons actually managed to get within one, 77-76, on a Prince field goal in the lane roughly three minutes later.
Detroit, though, went scoreless for the next three minutes, while Ilgauskas and James sank three-pointers on consecutive touches for a seven-point edge.
After a James free throw, Williams sank a basket and James went in for an uncontested layup, as the Pistons appeared to go through the motions the rest of the way.
Defense ruled in the first half with the Pistons clinging to an 18-16 lead after 12 minutes and a 39-36 edge at the break.
Amir Johnson scored eight of his 10 points in the third quarter to help carry the Pistons after the break. Back-to-back Iverson layups ended the stanza with Detroit holding a 66-58 advantage.
Iverson moved past Charles Barkley (23,757 points) into 16th place on the NBA's all-time scoring list...Detroit had won three straight and five of its previous six meetings with the Cavs...Johnson also pulled down a game-high nine rebounds in the loss...Cavaliers forward Anderson Varejao left with 10:58 remaining in the second quarter with a lip puncture. He received five stitches (four on the inside and one on the outside) and returned to the game.
02/01 20:38:49 ET