Now that was fantastic. This is the team that has won 56 games and holds the NBA's best record. After several close games over the past week and a tough series with Detroit all year, the Cleveland Cavaliers finally demonstrated their superiority with a 104-79 trampling of the Pistons. The Cavs got off to a good 28-20 start in the first quarter and would never let the Pistons come close again for the rest of the night, swelling the lead to 81-59 by the end of the third quarter and giving LeBron James a long overdue 4th quarter off.
There was lots to like about this game, as the Cavaliers looked flawless on defense, holding the Pistons to under 80 points. What was even better was the welcome sight of even distribution on scoring and ball-handling. Six Cavaliers were in double figures, and LeBron only took 9 shots all game long.
Mo Williams: 4-8, 12 points, 8 assists, 34 minutes. His offense was anything but off today, as he hit 2 out of 3 three pointers and finished with only 1 turnover. He looked much more sharp and focused than he did in Chicago.
JJ Hickson: 6-10, 13 points, 8 rebounds, 27 minutes. He had not been taking as many shots lately, and he had trouble finishing at the rim. As I've said before, the basket looks a little bigger for him at home.
Leon Powe: 5-8, 16 points, 7 rebounds, 21 minutes. When this guy was in Boston, I was envious, because he brought a lot of energy off the bench. As a Cavalier, he can be as aggressive as Varejao when he's on the floor. I'm impressed by how many times he willed himself to the line on Sunday, earning 10 free throw attempts. He was a go-to-guy in the 4th quarter.
Anthony Parker: 4-8, 11 points, 5 assists, 19 minutes. The Associated Parker lives! He has had a very tough time playing over the past several weeks. He would need 6 attempts to hit 1 three pointer at times. But today, he looked like he could not miss in the third quarter, and it was the kind of game we're going to expect from him in the playoffs.
Up next is the New Orleans Hornets. We're a much more confident team heading to Louisiana, coming off a dominant win instead of a 3 game losing streak.