Well, that was a close call. It still counts as a win, though.
The Cleveland Cavaliers struggled through most of the game, but went on a late charge as they wore out Detroit, winning 113-101 at The Palace Of Auburn Hills.
The Pistons, played their most inspired basketball in weeks, led through most of the game, but couldn't contain the Cavs late in the game. Cleveland went on a 22-10 run to end the game, and scored the game's final 9 points.
LeBron James, despite scoring only 7 points through the game's first 33 minutes, finished strong and racked up a triple-double in the process. James finished with 29 points, 12 rebounds, and 12 assists as he created yet another nightmare for the citizens of Detroit. Including playoffs, Cleveland has now won 10 straight games against Detroit.
Mo Williams was the other hero for the wine and gold Tuesday night. Mo Gotti found his shot and finished with 20 points and five assists, which included three three-pointers in the fourth quarter.
With less than three minutes left in the third quarter, the Pistons led 71-66 and the Palace crowd was fired up, excited for a big win over their recent nemesis. However, the combination of LeBron and Mo was too much for Detroit.
James scored 7 of the Cavs' final 9 points in the third quarter, cutting the deficit down to 1. Then Mo and LeBron combined to score 26 of the final 30 Cavs points to end the game.
Antawn Jamison looked a little better than he did Sunday, scoring 15 points and grabbing 10 rebounds. He shot 50% from the floor, a vast improvement from his first game back from injury.
The only other Cavalier in double-digits was Jawad Williams with 10 points
The Cavaliers now are one win away from becoming Central Division Champions for the second straight year. A win tomorrow at home against Indiana will clinch it.
Their magic number to gain the #1 seed in the East is now 9
Their magic number to get home court advantage throughout the playoffs is 11.