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December 26, 2020- Cleveland Cavaliers succeed Detroit Pistons

Cavaliers and Pistons regular season game recap

The Cleveland Cavaliers bested the Detroit Pistons 128-119 away at the Little Caesars Arena in Detroit, MI during Saturday evening’s match. No players on the Cavaliers were inactive for the game. Simultaneously, All players on the Pistons were active for the game. With the win, the Cavaliers rise to 2-0 in the regular season and to 1-0 against the Pistons in the series.

On the Cavaliers, Andre Drummond had 23 points in 43:40, although he had trouble shooting, going 7/21 (33.3%) from the field. Additionally, Drummond also managed to pull down a notable team-high 16 rebounds, dished out 5 assists, got an impressive 4 steals, and made 3 blocks. Collin Sexton added an important team-high 32 points in 45:14, scoring 15/23 (65.2%) from the field. Sexton also grabbed 3 steals. Darius Garland had 21 points, shooting 9/14 (64.3%) from the field and 3/3 (100%) from deep in 43:59. Garland also got an impressive team-high 12 assists and managed to pull down 5 rebounds. Other notable productions included Kevin Love (who got 15 points and added 9 rebounds), Cedi Osman (who boasted 22 points), Larry Nance Jr. (who pulled down 7 rebounds), and Dante Exum (who made an impressive 4 assists).

On the Pistons, Jerami Grant boasted a team-high 28 points, scoring 9/14 (64.3%) from the field and 4/8 (50.0%) from the three point mark in 42:31. In addition to his points, Grant also pulled down a decent team-high 10 rebounds and had 3 blocks. Mason Plumlee had 6 points, shooting 3/6 (50.0%) from the field in 32:47. Plumlee also pulled down 9 rebounds, added a team-high 5 assists, and had 3 steals. Additional notable performers were Blake Griffin (who boasted 26 points, added 6 rebounds, made 4 assists, and swiped 3 steals),Delon Wright (who recorded 19 points, managed to grab 6 rebounds, and got 4 assists), Derrick Rose (who dished 4 assists), and Josh Jackson (who grabbed 8 rebounds).

1st Quarter

The 1st Quarter arrived with no major issues as the Cavaliers shot 5/11 from the field and 3/4 from the three point mark in the first half of the quarter for a total of 13 points. Shooting Guard Collin Sexton was a prime player in this principled start as he added 5 points on 2/3 shooting (1/1 from deep). Point Guard Darius Garland was also a vital contributor in the beginning of the quarter, got 5 points while shooting 2/2 (1/1 from three).The Pistons had no issues as well in the first half of the quarter, making 6/12 from the field and 3/6 from the three point mark for a total of 16 points. Small Forward Jerami Grant was a key player in this decent start for the Pistons as he boasted 6 points on 2/3 shooting (1/1 from deep). In addition, Grant also made 1 assist and had 2 rebounds. Power Forward Blake Griffin was also a vital player in the beginning of the quarter, added 6 points while shooting 2/3 (2/3 from the three point mark).Griffin also made 1 assist and had 2 rebounds in addition to points.

After the solid start to the 1st Quarter, the Cavaliers continued the performance to round out the period, scoring 13 points while going 6/11 from the field and 1/3 from the three point mark. The Pistons, meanwhile, struggled while closing up the period, recording 10 points on 3/10 shooting (1/3 from deep). The 1st Quarter ended with the Cavaliers and the Pistons tied up at 26-26. Collin Sexton was the biggest contributor of the quarter, scoring 7 points. On the Pistons, Svi Mykhailiuk scored 7 points.

2nd Quarter

The 2nd Quarter kicked off as expected as the Cavaliers went 6/12 from the field and 0/4 from the three point mark in the first half of the quarter for a total of 14 points. Shooting Guard Collin Sexton was a prime contributor in this principled start as he recorded 6 points on 3/3 shooting (0/0 from three). Conversely, the Pistons had trouble in the first half of the quarter, shooting 3/12 from the field and 1/6 from three for a total of 8 points. Small Forward Jerami Grant was one player on the Pistons who had a sluggish start to the quarter, shooting 0/1 from the field and 0/1 from the three point mark for no points. Shooting Guard Delon Wright boasted 4 points and had 1 assist.

Following the sound start to the 2nd Quarter, the Cavaliers continued to show more of the same to close out the quarter, recording 19 points while going 7/12 from the field and 1/4 from deep. The Pistons also faced no issues while finishing up the period, recording 19 points on 5/10 shooting (4/5 from deep). The 2nd Quarter finished with the Cavaliers up by 6 points (59-53). Blake Griffin was the main contributor of the quarter, scoring 12 points. On the Cavaliers, Collin Sexton scored 8 points.

3rd Quarter

The 3rd Quarter began with no major issues as the Cavaliers went 7/11 from the field and 3/4 from deep in the first half of the quarter for a total of 17 points. Center Andre Drummond was a key player in this good start as he scored 6 points on 3/5 shooting (0/0 from deep). Drummond also added 1 assist, had 1 steal, and managed to grab 1 rebound in addition to his points. The Pistons performed well as well in the beginning, scoring 6/11 from the field and 1/5 from three for a total of 14 points. Power Forward Blake Griffin was a major player in this reasonable start for the Pistons as he got 5 points on 2/4 shooting (1/3 from the three point mark).

Despite the convincing start to the 3rd Quarter, the Cavaliers had trouble shooting to round out the period, gaining 5 points while going 2/13 from the field and 0/3 from deep. The Pistons, simultaneously, had no trouble finishing up the period, adding 19 points on 5/7 shooting (2/3 from deep). The 3rd Quarter ended with the Cavaliers down by 5 points (81-86). Jerami Grant was the largest contributor of the quarter, scoring 14 points. On the Cavaliers, Andre Drummond scored 8 points.

4th Quarter

The Cavaliers struggled at the start of the 4th Quarter, recording 4/9 from the field and 2/3 from three in the first half of the quarter for a total of 10 points. The Pistons had trouble as well at the start of the period, making 4/11 from the field and 1/5 from three for a total of 9 points. Josh Jackson was among those on the Pistons who floundered at the beginning of the quarter, shooting 1/4 from the field and 0/2 from the three point mark for 2 points. Jahlil Okafor had 4 points and managed to pull down 1 rebound.

Following the bad start to the 4th Quarter, the Cavaliers continued the effort to wrap up the period, scoring 10 points while going 1/5 from the field and 0/2 from three. The Pistons also had trouble closing out the period, boasting 6 points on 2/12 shooting (1/7 from three). The 4th Quarter ended with the Cavaliers and the Pistons tied up at 101-101. Andre Drummond was the main contributor of the quarter, scoring 6 points. On the Pistons, Jahlil Okafor scored 4 points.

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