Detroit 89, Cleveland 79

Date - Monday, December 3, 2012 7:30 PM
Location - The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan
Officials - #64 Sir Allen Conner, #33 Sean Corbin, #71 Rodney Mott
Attendance - 11352

Final Scoring Summary

Final 1 2 3 4 T
Cleveland 17 22 24 16 79
Detroit 30 26 19 14 89

Team Records

Team W/L Home Away Streak
Cleveland 4-14 2-4 2-10 L2
Detroit 6-13 5-3 1-10 W1


Pistons 89, Cavaliers 79: Brandon Knight scored 17 points and Detroit placed four players in double figures while winning its fifth straight home game.

The Pistons built a 20-point lead in the third quarter and held off a late rally by Cleveland, which cut the lead to six in the closing minutes. Kyle Singler and Tayshaun Prince each scored 15 points for the Pistons. Jason Maxiell added 12 points while Greg Monroe had nine points and 14 rebounds.

The Cavaliers, who didn't have a scorer reach double figures until the fourth quarter, have dropped 12 of 14. Anderson Varejao scored 17 points and had 18 rebounds for his ninth straight double-double and 13th of the season. Cleveland played without starting guards Kyrie Irving (broken finger) and Dion Waiters (sprained ankle).

Tristan Thompson gave Cleveland its only lead by scoring the first basket of the game, but the Pistons scored the next six points and were ahead 27-13 late in the quarter. Detroit scored 30 points and shot 62 percent in the period.

Detroit led 71-51 with 4:06 remaining in the third quarter. Cleveland chipped away at the lead and Varejao's basket with 3:31 left in the game made it 83-76, forcing the Pistons to call timeout. Varejao's two free throws with 1:54 left cut the lead to 85-79, but Cleveland could get no closer.    

GAME NOTEBOOK: Cleveland coach Byron Scott moved F Alonzo Gee to Waiters' spot at shooting guard and started Omri Casspi at small forward. ... The Cavaliers are 2-8 since Irving was injured.  ... Detroit blocked eight shots in the first half and had 13 for the game.

Top Game Performances

Cleveland   Detroit
Anderson Varejao 17 Scoring Brandon Knight 17
Jeremy Pargo 8 Assists Rodney Stuckey 6
Anderson Varejao 18 Rebounds Greg Monroe 14
Anderson Varejao 3 Free Throws Made Brandon Knight 7
Alonzo Gee 3 Steals Greg Monroe 2
Tristan Thompson 2 Blocks Jason Maxiell 5

Team Stats Summary

Team Points FG% 3PM-3PA FTM-FTA Assists Rebounds Blocks Steals Turnovers
Cleveland 79 33.7 3-20 12-17 19 53 5 7 11
Detroit 89 42.9 4-18 13-19 21 49 13 6 12

Upcoming Games

  • Detroit will play their next game at home against Golden State. The Pistons have a W/L % of .167 after a win and .385 after a loss.
  • Cleveland will play their next game at home against Chicago. The Cavaliers have a W/L % of .000 after a win and .286 after a loss.
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