The Cleveland Cavaliers shot the lights out at the Palace of Auburn Hills on Wednesday night; opening up a double-digit lead by the half and went on to pound the Detroit Pistons into submission winning their first game of the young campaign 105-89. Cleveland shot a scorching 57.1% (40-70) from the field and a blistering 58.3% (7-12) from outside the arc. Six Cavaliers players ended up in double-figures led by big man Samardo Samuels who came off the bench with 17 points while point guard Ramon Sessions also came off the bench adding 16 points in the win. Rookie point guard Kyrie Irving looked far more impressive in his second start, scoring 14 points; although coach Byron Scott gave the majority of the minutes to the veteran Sessions.
Detroit got over half their points from just two players; Ben Gordon scored a game high 25 points while Pistons rookie point guard Brandon Knight came off the bench and knocked down 10-13 shots for 23 points. However, the rest of the team did not give them the support they needed to compete in this contest.
Cleveland would hold a seven point lead in the first when Tristan Thompson hit a shot five feet from the basket with 2:21 to play putting his team on top 23-16. The Pistons would get hot down the stretch and would end the period on a 7-2 run; cutting the Cavaliers lead to 25-23 as the two teams entered the second. The visitors would maintain the advantage throughout the next quarter and pulled away in the closing minutes of the period. As the game reached the half Cleveland walked into the locker room leading 50-39.
The Pistons would get within five points of their opponents about midway through the third; however they could never get any closer and soon fell behind again by double digits trailing 79-69 at the end of the period. Detroit never came close to being a threat in the final 12 minutes of play as the Cavaliers would win with ease.
Samuels knocked down 17 points, 4 rebounds and 1 assist while Sessions scored 16 points, 7 rebounds, 6 assists and a steal. Antawn Jamison had 15 points, 1 rebound and 1 steal while Irving scored 14 points, 7 assists, 4 rebounds and 2 steals in the game. Anderson Varejao added 10 points, 7 rebounds, 1 assist and 1 steal while Thompson came off the bench with 10 points, 4 rebounds, 2 blocks, an assist and a steal.
Gordon had 25 points, 4 assists and 1 steal while Knight scored 23 points, 6 assists, 2 steals and 1 rebound. Rodney Stuckey added 11 points while Tayshaun Prince and Greg Monroe each had 10 points in the loss. The Cavaliers head to Indiana and will take on the Pacers on Friday while the Pistons travel to Boston to face the Celtics on Friday.