Pistons continue dominance over Cavs with big win

Updated: December 24, 2013

Cleveland, OH (SportsNetwork.com) – Josh Smith scored 25 points, Brandon
Jennings added 21 with 13 assists and the Detroit Pistons cruised past the
Cleveland Cavaliers for the seventh straight time, 115-92, on Monday.

Andre Drummond chipped in with 14 points and 11 rebounds while Greg Monroe
added 11 and 11 for the Pistons, who were coming off double-digit home losses
to the Bobcats and Rockets.

Kyrie Irving’s 21 points and seven assists as well as Tristan Thompson’s 17
points and six boards went for naught for Cleveland.

The Cavs, losers in four of their last five games, were sloppy with the ball
early on, committing eight turnovers in the first quarter to dig themselves a
13-point hole.

Earl Clark drained a corner 3-pointer in the final minute of the frame to
bring Cleveland within 28-18, but the Pistons stayed ahead by a comfortable
margin throughout the second period.

Cleveland players not named Irving or Matthew Dellavedova combined to shoot 1-
for-17 in the second, and the Pistons cruised into halftime holding a healthy
58-40 cushion. Smith had 20 points and Detroit made 53.7 percent of its shots
in the first half.

“Our energy was there,” Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks said. “It was the
way we wanted to play.”

Detroit stayed in front by double digits the entire second half. Drummond
ended the third with a thunderous, tomahawk dunk in the final seconds, and the
Pistons’ huge 89-64 lead heading to the fourth was never threatened.

“We got our butts handed to us tonight,” Thompson said.

Game Notes

Smith has been averaging 23.3 points (138) over his last seven games …
Drummond has 21 double-doubles on the season … Rodney Stuckey totaled 14
points and five steals off Detroit’s bench … Cleveland finished with 19
turnovers … The Cavs fell to 8-5 at Quicken Loans Arena.