Cavs battle back to defeat the Pistons

The Cleveland Cavaliers had to work overtime to defeat the Nuggets Friday night, and they had to turn back around and host the Pistons Saturday night.

The Cavs battled back from a 12-point deficit in the third to defeat the Pistons 113-109 at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. 

For the second straight night, Cleveland had three players(Darius Garland, Evan Mobley, and Kevin Love) record doubles-doubles. 

In addition, the Cavs had six players in double figures.

Jerami Grant led the Pistons with a season-high 40 points, including seven threes.

The Cavs(41-30) have won two straight, while the Pistons(19-52) have lost five of six.

The Great for the Cavs:

-Kevin Love gave Cleveland the spark it needed off the bench. Love scored nine of his 14 points in the third. The Pistons had their largest lead of the night at 78-66 with 4:14 left in the third, but Cleveland went on a 16-3 run to close the quarter, and nine of those 16 points came from Love. Cleveland took an 82-81 lead into the fourth. Love also added 10 rebounds. 

-Cedi Osman had back-to-back DNPs, but when he got his opportunity Saturday, he took full advantage of it. Osman scored nine of his 16 points in the fourth. According to Cavs head coach J.B. Bickerstaff, the team does not defeat the Pistons without the contributions of Osman. 

Cleveland will need Osman come playoff time.

-Darius Garland led the way with 24 points, 12 assists, and two steals in 41 minutes of action. This is Garland’s seventh double-double in the last nine games. What a season for the first time All-Star. Garland also received the “Junkyard Dog Award” for playing 40-plus minutes in back-to-back nights.

-Evan Mobley filled the stat sheet Saturday night; he had 12 points, 11 rebounds, six assists, and two blocks. According to Cavs Notes, he became the sixth player in team history to record 20 double-doubles in their rookie season. 

The Final 4:14 of Third Quarter: See Kevin Love above

Fourth Quarter: Cleveland was rolling heading into the fourth. They went on a 17-8 run to take their largest lead of the night at 99-89. Detroit cut the lead to 105-102 with under two minutes to go, but Isaac Okoro hit a corner three, which was the dagger. Garland was 3/3 and scored seven points, and dished out six assists in the quarter. The Cavs shot 68% from the floor, including 67% from deep in the final stanza.

The Not So Great for the Cavs:

Second Quarter: Cleveland led 28-27 after one but was sluggish in the second. The Cavs took a 36-27 lead with 9:28 left in the quarter, but Detroit took a five-point lead after a 14-0 run. The Cavs shot 39% from the field, including 1/7 from three-point range. Conversely, Detroit shot 50% from the field. The Pistons took a 60-55 lead at the break.

Bottom Line:

If Cleveland had lost to the Pistons, it probably would have been the worst loss of the season when you consider what’s at stake. However, they woke up just in time and got the win.

The Cavs don’t ever give up. They have so much character and battle to end. Cleveland did what good teams do when they’re not at their best; they just find ways.

The sixth-seeded Cavs are now 1.5 games ahead of the seventh-seeded Raptors(39-31), and Cleveland is not 1/2 game behind the fifth-seed, the Chicago Bulls.


“The fans are always engaged here,” Bickerstaff said about Cleveland fans. “And you can feel the wave that comes over the building, which is why I think it’s one of the best arenas in the league.”

What’s Next:

The Cavs conclude their five-game homestand Monday night against LeBron James and the Lakers.

Best of the Rest: 

-Lamar Stevens added 15 points(6/7 FG) and five rebounds. 

-Lauri Markkanen made his 600th career three-pointer. He finished with eight points. 

-Cleveland moved to 8-0 this season when three-players record double-doubles.

-The Cavs are 3-1 on their current homestand.

Watch below as Bickerstaff talks Cavs’ win over Pistons:





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