Originally posted on Waiting For Next Year  |  Last updated 12/3/12
You knew this game would be tough to win, with the Cavaliers starting backcourt out with injuries and the Pistons playing good basketball as of late. For a while, that’s exactly what happened, with the Cavaliers falling behind by 20 points in the first half and trailing by 17 at the half. In the 4th quarter, the Cavaliers made a good effort to try to get back into this one. With 4 minutes left in the 3rd quarter, the Cavaliers were down 71-51. With 2 minutes to go, the Cavaliers had closed the gap all the way to 6 points at 85-79. In the end, though, it was just too little, too late, as the Pistons regained their edge to hang on for the 10 point win. Anderson Varejao did what Anderson Varejao does with another workman-like 17 point, 18 rebound night (9 offensive rebounds). The Cavaliers just didn’t have enough offensive firepower with both Kyrie Irving and Dion Waiters out with injuries. Brandon Knight led the Pistons with 17 points. 1 2 3 4 T CLE 17 22 24 16 79 DET 30 26 19 14 89 Cleveland Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts A. Gee G 29:44 2-10 0-3 2-2 -5 0 2 1 1 3 0 1 0 6 J. Pargo G 29:39 4-13 0-2 2-4 -11 2 4 8 2 1 0 1 4 10 A. Varejao C 39:29 7-18 0-1 3-6 -4 9 18 2 3 3 1 2 2 17 T. Thompson F 32:33 4-13 0-0 2-2 -8 5 11 1 0 0 2 4 4 10 O. Casspi F 28:12 4-11 2-5 0-0 -9 1 4 1 1 0 1 1 2 10 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 32-95 3-20 12-17 20 53 19 11 7 5 13 20 79 Percentages .337 .150 .706 Team Rebounds: 11 D. Gibson 28:42 1-6 1-6 0-0 +3 0 2 1 1 0 0 0 1 3 T. Zeller 20:10 4-8 0-0 0-0 -5 2 4 1 3 0 1 2 3 8 D. Sloan 18:21 3-8 0-1 1-1 +1 1 5 4 0 0 0 2 2 7 C.J. Miles 9:22 3-6 0-2 2-2 -9 0 3 0 0 0 0 0 2 8 S. Samuels 3:48 0-2 0-0 0-0 -3 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 K. Irving DNP – Coach’s Decision J. Leuer DNP – Coach’s Decision L. Walton DNP – Coach’s Decision Detroit Starters Pos Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts B. Knight G 33:45 5-13 0-4 7-7 +9 0 5 5 3 0 0 1 1 17 K. Singler G 33:08 6-14 3-6 0-0 +14 2 6 1 2 0 1 1 2 15 G. Monroe C 35:38 4-10 0-0 1-3 +9 4 14 5 3 2 2 1 4 9 T. Prince F 33:55 6-10 1-2 2-2 +6 0 2 2 0 0 0 0 1 15 J. Maxiell F 28:10 6-12 0-0 0-0 +10 0 6 0 1 0 5 1 2 12 Bench Min FG 3Pt FT +/- Off Reb Ast TO Stl BS BA PF Pts Totals 36-84 4-18 13-19 15 49 21 11 6 13 5 16 89 Percentages .429 .222 .684 Team Rebounds: 9 R. Stuckey 27:16 4-9 0-2 0-1 -3 0 3 6 1 1 1 0 1 8 A. Drummond 19:31 3-8 0-0 1-4 -1 9 12 1 0 1 3 1 2 7 C. Maggette 15:56 1-2 0-0 2-2 +4 0 1 1 1 1 0 0 2 4 C. Villanueva 12:41 1-6 0-4 0-0 +2 0 0 0 0 1 1 0 1 2 W. Bynum DNP – Coach’s Decision A. Daye DNP – Coach’s Decision K. English DNP – Coach’s Decision J. Jerebko DNP – Coach’s Decision  
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Sanu: Halftime show played role in Super Bowl collapse

James Dolan is among potential group of investors of new arena for New York Islanders

Report: Rams, Clippers discussing NBA venue in Inglewood

Terrence Jones reportedly interested in joining Celtics

LeBron reverses course, says he ‘always felt good’ about Cavs

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Report: Ole Miss tried to implicate Mississippi State in football scandal

Jamaal Charles could be on the roster bubble

Jimmy Butler on state of Bulls: ‘I just want to win at all costs’

Report: Giants will be ‘aggressive’ in trying to sign Jason Pierre-Paul

Report: Porzingis avoided ligament damage in ankle

Brooks Koepka meltdown includes whiff, stomping head off driver

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Box Score 2/24: A night of NBA disrespect

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

The Aesthetic: Pushing the boundaries of the three-pointer

NBA coaches who should be fired soon

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Top 10 shortstops in baseball for 2017

The most dangerous NBA teams flying under the radar

Eat, Drink, Watch: Your award-worthy weekend planning guide

Grading the NBA trade deadline on the Vince Carter scale

Streaming sports docuseries you don't want to miss

As NHL trade deadline nears, seven teams who could be dealing

The 'Pete Rose instead of Kareem? Surely, you can't be serious' quiz

Teams that can prevent a Cavs-Warriors NBA Finals three-peat

The NFL off-season is a passer’s fancy

QUIZ: Name every MLB pitcher who has recorded 10 or more shutouts in a single season

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker