– Brandon Jennings (21 points and 13 assists) out plays Cavalier All-Star point guard Kyrie Irving (21 points and 7 assists) to give his squad a much-needed road victory, 115-92.
Detroit got a much-needed victory on the road the night before Christmas Eve in Cleveland. Behind the strong performances of Brandon Jennings (21 points and 13 assists), forward Josh Smith (25 points, 8 rebounds, 3 assists), and center Andre Drummond (14 points and 11 rebounds), the Pistons knocked off a surging Cavalier team who won 5 of 6 at home, coming into tonight’s contest with Detroit.
Josh Smith had some what of an erratic start to the game, committing three early turnovers that occurred within the first few minutes of the game, but boy did he recover well. he finished the first quarter with 10 points, 4 rebounds, and 2 assists, which was a solid start as he was on his way to yet another solid outing in Piston blue for the new Piston forward.
After Detroit finished the first quarter on a 16-3 run, they found themselves with an early double-digit lead after one at “The Q,” 28-18. Lead by a second quarter spurt, courtesy of Rodney Stuckey and Brandon Jennings, Detroit stretched their lead to 21 with just a minute to go in the half (58-37), before a Mathew Dellavedova three pointer brought the Cavs within 20 points (58-40) at the halftime break.
But, the lead did not stay that large for very long. The Cavaliers came roaring out of the break to cut the Detroit lead to single digits in the third period. The Pistons responded with authority however lead by the defensive effort of their backcourt of Jennings and Stuckey, along with center Andre Drummond finishing the third quarter with a pair of emphatic slams to quite the crowd for good heading into the fourth.
With a 25 point lead to start the fourth (89-64), Detroit coasted to the easy victory with their eighth road victory of the season. Detroit is now (8-6) on the road this year. The Pistons (14-16) will head home for the holidays as they get a lengthy rest before their next action which come Friday night where they set off to face the Orlando Magic (8-20).
From all of us here at Life On Dumars, we wish a fun and safe holiday season to all of our readers!
Tags: Andre Drummond Andrew Bynum Brandon Jennings Chauncey Billups Cleveland Cavaliers Detroit Pistons Greg Monroe Jonas Jerebko Josh Smith Kentavious Caldwell-Pope Kyle Singler Kyrie Irving Rodney Stuckey