Cavaliers Beat The Detroit Pistons 108-100: Game Recap 11/17/23

November 17, 2023

Andy Billman

Post-Game Recap

3 Key Factors Around the Victory

1 РWelcome Back 

After missing the previous game in Portland, G Darius Garland had a big night, scoring 28 points.

2 –¬†Strus Posterize!

Max Strus made the play of the night with a posterizing dunk in the first half from the free-throw line!

3 – No Mitchell

G Donovan Mitchell sat out with a right hamstring strain but should be ready on Sunday against the defending champion Denver Nuggets. 

Game Summary

In a recent NBA In-Season Tournament game on Friday night, the Cleveland Cavaliers secured a 108-100 victory over the Detroit Pistons, marking the Pistons’ 10th consecutive loss. Darius Garland delivered an outstanding performance with a season-high 28 points, while Evan Mobley and Max Strus each contributed 18 points.

Mobley, in addition to his scoring prowess, recorded 10 rebounds and five assists, showcasing an all-around effort. Rookie Craig Porter also had a notable performance, scoring a career-best 12 points in just 16 minutes of play. The Cavaliers, coming off a 2-2 West Coast trip, saw Jarrett Allen contribute with 10 points and five blocked shots.

Notably absent from the game was Cavaliers shooting guard Donovan Mitchell, averaging 29.2 points, sidelined due to a right hamstring strain. On the opposing side, Cade Cunningham led the Pistons with 20 points and eight assists, while Kevin Knox II posted a double-double with 11 points and 11 rebounds.

The victory improved the Cavaliers’ record to 1-1 in East Group A, while the Pistons continued to struggle at 0-3. Detroit, holding the worst record in the league at 2-11, last secured a win on Oct. 28 against Chicago. The Pistons’ rookie Ausar Thompson contributed nine points and 10 rebounds, with Jaden Ivey and Isaiah Stewart each scoring 11 points.

Max Strus made a significant impact early on, scoring 13 points in the first quarter and electrifying the sellout crowd with a powerful slam in the second. Cleveland maintained control, making 17 of their first 23 shots and building a 16-point lead by halftime.

Although Detroit mounted a comeback in the third quarter, narrowing the gap to 75-71, Darius Garland thwarted the Pistons’ efforts with a crucial 3-pointer. Garland finished the quarter with 10 points, while Cunningham contributed five points and three assists.

The Pistons faced challenges with the absence of starting center Jalen Duren, who missed his third consecutive game with a sore right ankle, and swingman Joe Harris, sidelined for the sixth consecutive game due to a right shoulder sprain.

Up Next

Home vs Denver Nuggets Sunday 6 PM.

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