Josh Smith powers Pistons over Cavaliers

Fitzgerald Cecilio – 4E Sports Reporter

Cleveland, OH, United States (4E Sports) – Josh Smith scored 25 points and Brandon Jennings added 21 points and 13 assists to lead the Detroit Pistons to a 115-92 win over the Cleveland Cavaliers Monday at Quicken Loans Arena.

Smith shot 10-for-18 from the floor and had six rebounds and eight assists while five other teammates scored in double digits as the Pistons (14-16) snapped a two-game losing skid.

Andre Drummond had 14 points and 11 rebounds, Rodney Stuckey contributed 14 markers and five steals, Luigi Datome had 13, Greg Monroe added 11 and Kyle Singler contributed 10 points and eight boards for Detroit.

The Pistons made 46 of 96 shots, including 10 from beyond the arc, and scored 58 points in the shaded lane, 18 more than the Cavaliers.

Kyrie Irving scored 21 points and issued seven dimes, Tristan Thompson added 17 points, Tyler Zeller had 13 and Matthew Dellavedova chipped in 10 for the Cavaliers (10-17), who suffered their second straight loss.

The Cavaliers shot just 34-for-88 from the floor, with center Andrew Bynum missing all of his 11 shots in 22 minutes of play.

Irving buried a 28-foot triple early in the first period to give the Cavaliers their only taste of the lead, 10-8, before the Pistons countered with a 20-5 run to take a 28-15 advantage.

Late in the second, Irving sank two foul shots to bring the Cavaliers within 18 but Smith retaliated with a triple for a 58-37 lead before the Pistons settled for a 58-40 lead at the break.

The Pistons were never threatened from there, even taking a 28-point lead en route to their biggest victory of the season.

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