Game two of the NBA Playoffs started with loud fireworks inside the Quicken Loans Arena. But, the Cleveland Cavaliers looked a little sluggish in the early going as they won 107-90.
Kyrie Irving came out and supplied the spark that Cleveland needed in the first quarter. The Detroit Pistons showed that they are going to fight the Cavs every step of the way, though, as they continued their defensive gameplan, ensuring the home team couldn't establish a comfort level in the opening exchanges.
Forward Kevin Love battled foul trouble and a rough shooting night from tipoff. While the Eastern Conference's number one seed had trouble getting it going early, Andre Drummond anchored the Pistons in the post by making the most of his matchup with the smaller Tristan Thompson.
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Pistons rookie Stanley Johnson continued his inspired defense on LeBron James and converted all of his shots in the period.
in the second quarter, James turned the Cavaliers offence up. The four-time MVP dazzled with multiple alley-oop finishes. He also added a ferocious finish over Reggie Bullock that got the crowd into the game.
He finished with a game-high 27 points on 12-18 shooting. James also continued his march up the NBA all-time ladder by tying Kobe Bryant for the fifth most steals in playoff history.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Detroit refused to go away after Cleveland's spurt. It has also become clear that Drummond is a force to be reckoned with in the post but he will have to make good on more of his free throw attempts in order for Detroit to claim a victory in this series.
Drummond finished with a team-high 20 points while shooting over 60 percent from the field. Both he and Reggie Jackson have been rudders for the young Pistons.
Jackson was their best distributor with six assists in 37 minutes of action. Their play will be key in determining how the Pistons fare in the rest of this series.
Cleveland's J.R. Smith will continue to be a wildcard as the series travels to Detroit. He had 15 in the first half for the Cavaliers. Channing Frye also made his first appearance in the series for the home team.
The Cavs went 6-12 from behind the arc during the third quarter to force a sizable 82-68 advantage. Pistons scored 15 points in that quarter which didn't help their effort.
After the fourth quarter started, the rout was on as Cleveland grabbed full control of the game. The Pistons will have to hope that going home will reinvigorate their offence as it sagged late in this game.