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Cavaliers Complete Sweep With 100-98 Victory

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

Image courtesy of Keith Allison/Flickr.

 

The Cleveland Cavaliers took Game 4 against the Detroit Pistons by a 100-98 score. This result completes a series sweep and sends the Pistons home for the offseason. If you remember correctly, I originally said after Game 1 it wouldn’t be a sweep, then said it would be a sweep after Game 3, so there you go!

I will say that Detroit could’ve easily won two of these four games had they executed better in late-game situations. That said, a sweep is the end reality. It was made possible by 31 points from Kyrie Irving, a 22/11/6 line from LeBron James, and an 11/13 double-double from Kevin Love. J.R. Smith also made 5-of-7 three attempts for his 15 points.

Overall, the Pistons shot 48.7 percent from the field and 41.7 percent on threes. They had 9 turnovers. The Cavaliers won the turnover battle with a total of 6, but shot worse than Detroit from the field and deep (41.9 percent/36.1 percent). Much like in Game 1, Detroit suffered the loss despite winning key categories and receiving production from a range of players.

Marcus Morris put up 24 points on 9-12 shooting as Tobias Harris went for 23 points and 13 boards on 8-14 shooting. Andre Drummond snatched 11 rebounds to go along with 17 points. Reggie Jackson put up 12 assists to go with his 13 points.

For a young Detroit team with a first year head coach in the organization, Stan Van Gundy, this season can be deemed a positive. That’s especially true when taking into account the improved quality of the Eastern Conference. However, winning a game or two and making the Cavaliers nervous would’ve been an even brighter light.

In the East, teams featuring LeBron typically turn off the lights of others. I don’t see any squad remaining in the East capable of eliminating the Cavs.

As Detroit goes home, Cleveland waits for the winner of the Atlanta Hawks/Boston Celtics series which is currently tied 2-2.

100
Final 1 2 3 4 Tot
Cleveland 25 28 28 19 100
Detroit 28 24 26 20 98
98
8:30 PM ET, April 24, 2016
The Palace of Auburn Hills, Auburn Hills, Michigan  Attendance: 21,584

 

Cleveland
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
L. James F 41:27 9-19 3-3 1-6 +5 2 11 6 0 2 2 4 22
K. Love F 34:36 3-15 4-4 1-5 -2 4 13 2 0 1 0 3 11
T. Thompson C 38:22 2-5 1-2 0-0 0 3 5 0 1 1 1 3 5
K. Irving G 40:25 12-25 3-4 4-11 -2 0 3 5 0 1 2 2 31
J.R. Smith G 35:23 5-8 0-0 5-7 +1 0 1 0 0 0 0 2 15
R. Jefferson 16:36 2-6 0-0 1-4 +5 0 4 1 0 0 0 2 5
M. Dellavedov 14:50 3-5 4-4 1-2 -1 0 0 1 0 0 0 2 11
C. Frye 8:57 0-1 0-0 0-0 +2 0 1 0 0 1 0 3 0
I. Shumpert 9:24 0-2 0-0 0-1 +2 1 3 1 0 0 0 1 0
D. Jones  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
J. Jones  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
T. Mozgov  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
M. Williams  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
S. Kaun  DNP — INACTIVE
J. McRae  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 36-86
(.419)
15-17
(.882)
13-36
(.361)
10 41 16 1 6 5 22 100

 

Detroit
Player Pos Min FGM-FGA FTM-FTA 3PM-3PA +/- OR Reb A Blk Stl TO PF Pts
T. Harris F 41:17 8-14 5-5 2-4 +6 2 13 2 0 0 1 0 23
M. Morris F 31:08 9-12 3-5 3-4 -13 0 1 0 0 0 1 5 24
A. Drummond C 31:18 6-13 5-10 0-0 -2 1 11 0 2 0 1 2 17
K. Caldwell-P G 42:48 3-10 0-0 3-5 +1 2 4 5 0 2 0 2 9
R. Jackson G 37:26 6-13 1-1 0-6 +4 0 3 12 1 0 5 2 13
S. Johnson 29:35 2-8 0-0 1-4 +7 0 5 0 0 1 1 2 5
S. Blake 10:34 1-2 0-0 1-1 -6 0 1 2 0 0 0 3 3
A. Baynes 10:13 1-3 0-0 0-0 -6 1 3 1 0 0 0 2 2
A. Tolliver 5:41 1-1 0-0 0-0 -1 1 1 0 1 0 0 0 2
J. Anthony  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
S. Dinwiddie  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
D. Hilliard  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
J. Meeks  DNP — COACH’S DECISION
L. Brown  DNP — INACTIVE
R. Bullock  DNP — INACTIVE
Totals 240 37-76
(.487)
14-21
(.667)
10-24
(.417)
7 42 22 4 3 9 18 98

 

Officials: Marc Davis, Bill Kennedy, Courtney Kirkland
Time of Game: 2:30
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