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All those up and downs have made the Cavs fan base stronger than ever, but the team's front office has always struggled to keep their stars happy, and it always seems like they're a move away from completely falling apart. Nance, though, may be the one player who can right Cleveland defensively since the Cavaliers are giving up just 98.7 points per 100 possessions when he's on the court.. Cleveland also held Stan VanGundy's squad scoreless on the fastbreak - outrunning the Pistons, 14-0. The second-year player is averaging 8.8 points and 6.7 rebounds on the season, and 10 points with 6.6 rebounds since joining the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Rodney Hood replaced Cedi Osman in the starting lineup and finished with 13 points - going just 4-of-12 from the floor but 5-for-5 from the stripe. Jarell Martin added 19 points and 11 rebounds.

As expected, Lue turned to seldom-used rookie Ante Zizic because of all the injuries to the Cavs' bigs, and Zizic fared well.

The Pistons have climbed the rankings this season in offensive rebounds per game (#7), three point percentage (#8) and turnovers per game (#8). By halftime, Nance had matched his career best with 18 points.

Rudy Gobert had another double-double with 16 points and 12 rebounds for the Jazz. And that would be the last time Detroit got within single-digits of the Cavaliers the rest of the way. LeBron James scored a team-high, twenty-five points, during their last game against the Nuggets. But the hope is he'll do that more playing with James on the first unit.Hood explained the difference for him playing on the Cavs than when he was with the Utah Jazz, which traded him here February 8."For me personally it's just two completely different styles of play than I've played the last three and a half years in Utah", Hood said.

Larry Nance Jr. gave the Cavs a needed lift and the crowd a jolt with a vicious second-quarter dunk. Rebounds-Detroit 40 (Drummond 9), Cleveland 53 (Nance Jr. 15).

"I don't know, no one knows, people can guess, everyone wants to now throw these shots in the dark", Jefferson said.

Actually, Smith sat the entire fourth quarter of the blowout and took an o'fer - zero points in the game (he contributed three assists). They head to Tinseltown for a pair over the weekend - squaring off with the Clippers on Friday night and the Lakers on Sunday evening.

PORTLAND, Ore. - CJ McCollum scored 28 points, Damian Lillard had 20 and the Portland Trail Blazers won their sixth straight game Saturday night with a 108-100 victory over the Oklahoma City Thunder. Cleveland closes out the extended junket when they take on the Bulls next Saturday night in Chicago.



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