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The Cleveland Cavaliers put on an impressive offensive display as they protected their home court with a 107-90 game two victory over the Detroit Pistons in their first-round playoff matchup.

Behind a great performance by LeBron James, who had 28 points, the Cavs put themselves in a great position to make the second round. 

The main feature of Cleveland's dominant win was definitely their efficiency from behind the arc which duly set a significant milestone. 

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Tyronn Lue's men knocked down 20 three-pointers in the encounter which tied an NBA playoff record and broke the franchise record.

The Golden State Warriors (2015), Dallas Mavericks (2011) and Seattle SuperSonics (1996) are the other teams they are now tied with. 

The biggest instigator of this was J.R. Smith who enjoyed one of his hot shooting nights where almost everything was falling.

Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Two

The man who goes by the name of 'Swish', certainly lived up to that nickname as he knocked down 7-11 threes for 21 points on the night. The Cavaliers took 38 attempts from downtown, much to the surprise of Smith.

"We shot 38 3s?" he asked. "Damn."

They most certainly did and shot it at an incredible 52 percent too. So what does J.R. put his great night down to?

“I was open so I shot the ball; it’s kind of simple for me,” said Smith. “I have some great teammates that are willing to make the open pass and I was just one of the guys in that situation to make them.”

Kyrie Irving (four), Kevin Love (three) and LeBron (two) all contributed with multiple three-point makes of their own as the Cavs blew the game open in the third quarter following a tight affair in the first half. 

“We have designated snipers and I’m not one of them,” joked James in the post-game press conference. “I’m more of a … tank … or something like that.”

He may not be one of the best shooters on his team or in the league, as his numbers would suggest, but James does just about everything else to a high level and displayed his full repertoire of offensive skills at the Quicken Loans Arena against the Motor City franchise.

Detroit Pistons v Cleveland Cavaliers - Game Two

The Pistons came out of the blocks in the second half and opened on a 7-0 run to take the lead, but a 16-2 run by the home team tipped the balance firmly in their favour.

“When you got guys -- we have one goal, we have one objective every single night, and that’s to play our game both offensively and defensively,” James said. “When you got guys like this guy [J.R. Smith] next to me and the rest of the 13 guys, we all just believe in one thing and that’s how we can be better in the next possession.

“They came out and hit us, and we knew they were going to give that. We just had to stay calm, continue to work our game plan, continue to defend and just try to wear on them, and then he got it going. Once J.R. gets it going, the floodgates open for us because he stretches the floor for us so well.”

With a commanding lead intact, the Wine and Gold will now head to Motown and look to close the series out in the next two games at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

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Eastern Conference
NBA
Kyrie Irving
Cleveland Cavaliers
Central Division
LeBron James

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