The Cleveland Cavaliers bounced back from their second loss of the season in a rout of the Detroit Pistons back home in Cleveland, 104-81. With LeBron James back in the starting lineup, the Cavs pushed to a 17-point first half lead and did not look back. The Cavs Big Three combined for 58 points led by a dominant performance from Kyrie Irving who had 25 points, 11 assists, 2 rebounds, and 1 steal.
Kyrie was especially cooking in the third quarter, where he had 14 points, on 6-8 shooting. But the Cavaliers looks good all around. Tristan Thompson matched a career-high four blocks and had the highlight of the night, a alley oop dunk from Irving. JR Smith returned to the lineup and passed Dirk Nowitzki for 15th on the all-time three-point scoring list. Smith finished with nine points, all three-pointers.
As for the Pistons, it was an off shooting. The team shot just 31.2 percent from the field. Andre Drummond finished with 8 points, 4-of-12, and 10 rebounds, Jon Leuer led the Pistons with 15 points off the bench.
If there was any concern to take away from the game, it could be that the Cavaliers bench had a lackluster first half, 7 points on 2-7 shooting, and James habit of heat-checking (and missing) every time he makes a three-pointer (he is shooting 34.8 percent on the season from three-point range.) James finished the game 1-3 from distance. The bench made use of the fourth quarter garbage time to finish with 29 points.
The Cavs are now 10-2 on the season,7-1 at home, one game ahead of Toronto for first in the East. They have a gift-wrapped holiday week schedule: four days off before hosting the Portland Trailblazers on Wednesday and a third home game Friday against Dallas.