The NBA playoffs game one for the Cleveland Cavaliers gave them a 5-point win over the Detroit Pistons Sunday.
Though the Pistons led the game at 58-53 at halftime, the Cavs went home with a 106-101 win, as reported by NineMSN.
According to Cleveland’s report on the game, by the end of the first quarter, the Cavs led the Pistons, 27-25 with James already earning 10 points; Love had 5 points. The Pistons was led by Kentavious Caldwell-Pope with 10 points along with Marcus Morris who scored 8.
By halftime, Love led with 18 points, Irving with 14 and James with 12. The Pistons were now led by Morris who already scored 19 and Pope had 13.
At the end of the third quarter, the Cavaliers trailed the Pistons with 78-76. Irving was still the highest scorer with 24 points, followed by Love who added 22 and James with 14 points along with 9 assists. On the other hand, the Pistons were still led by Morris with 19 points together with Pope with 16 points.
The Cavaliers’ three biggest star players Kevin Love, Kyrie Irving and Lebron James had a combined 81 points to leave the Pistons empty handed. Australian player Matthew Dellavedova also pitched in 7 points for the team’s victory, although he missed all of his four 3-point attempts.
James incurred a total 22 points, 6 rebounds and 11 assists. Love contributed 28 points, 13 rebounds and Irving is the highest pointer with 31 together with 5 rebounds and 6 assists.
Australian player Aron Baynes came out as the most experienced playoffs teammate for the Pistons with his previous experience with former team San Antonio Spurs.
The Pistons’ lack of experience in the playoffs, however, did not stop them from challenging the Cavaliers. Guard Reggie Jackson said they acknowledge their inexperience in comparison with the Cavs, who proceeded to the NBA finals in the previous year. Jackson also added that they like the challenge.