NBA Game Summary - Cleveland at Detroit
(Thursday, December 16th)
Final Score: Detroit 81, Cleveland 69
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton poured in a game-high 21 points, Chauncey Billups added 16 and Detroit rolled over Cleveland, 81-69, at the Palace of Auburn Hills.
Ben Wallace netted 10 points with 15 rebounds and Rasheed Wallace added 13 for the Pistons, who have won two straight after a brief two-game slide.
"We just stayed aggressive," said Hamilton, who ended 7-of-17 from the floor as the Pistons finished the game connecting on 29-of-71 field goals for the game.
LeBron James struggled on the night for Cleveland, scoring a season-low 11 points on 4-of-21 shooting. Drew Gooden netted 18 points with 10 rebounds for the Cavaliers, who managed just a season-low six points in the third quarter en route to having their two-game winning streak snapped
Jeff McInnis ended with 14 points in a losing cause.
The Cavs carried a 41-31 lead as both teams headed into the locker room, but the game turned in the Pistons favor in the third quarter.
Detroit took advantage of poor shooting by Cleveland to take control of the game in the third. The Pistons opened the stanza with a 19-4 flurry, capped by Lindsay Hunter's free throw, staking Detroit to a 46-45 lead with 4:09 left in the quarter.
Detroit then carried a 52-47 lead into the fourth as Cleveland managed only six points in the third quarter.
The Pistons started to pull away in the fourth. Billups' trey from the top of the key pushed the Detroit margin to 68-57 at the 5:52 mark of the fourth.
Cleveland never recovered from that point and suffered the 12-point loss.
The Cavs led 23-19 after one quarter of play. Cleveland then looked to get some breathing room midway through the second frame. McInnis' short jumper stretched the Cleveland advantage to 34-25 with 6:32 remaining in the first half.
The game marked the start of a three-game homestand for the Pistons, who improved to 7-2 as host this season...Cleveland has lost 11 of its last 14 at Detroit...Cleveland point guard Eric Snow was sent to the locker room after getting in an argument on the bench with Cavaliers coach Paul Silas in the second quarter. He later returned to the bench after halftime, but did not play the entire second half going scoreless...James scored a career-high 43 points in the first meeting between the two teams...The six points allowed by the Pistons in the second quarter set a franchise record. The previous mark was seven against the then-Charlotte Hornets franchise back on December 28, 1996.
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