The Cleveland Cavaliers returned to their winning ways with the help of a perfect 6-of-6 shooting performance by Deron Williams in a win over the Detroit Pistons.
D-Will contributed a spotless 6-of-6 performance from the floor, scoring 13 points in just 14 minutes played. The point guard also added two rebounds and three assists as Cleveland avenged a five-point loss to the Pistons from one week ago, shooting nearly 60 percent from the field in a 128-96 win.
Deron was one of seven Cavaliers with 12 or more points. Cleveland amassed 29 assists on 46 shots, including 12 by LeBron James.
“Ball movement,” said James, commenting on his team’s large assist total. “We had the ball poppin’, we had bodies movin’ and guys just felt great rhythm even with three in four nights. That’s just a byproduct of it. Sometimes those games once every blue moon and tonight was one of them.”
The Cavs jumped out to a 44-26 lead in the first quarter and never looked back, putting on a 3-point shooting clinic on their home floor by netting 19 of 30 attempts.
“That’s something we had to clean up and get better at”, commented Lebron James said. “This is not an ideal team right now and we understand that” alluding to injury losses of Kevin Love and Andrew Bogut.
In addition to converting over 60 percent of their 3-point attempts as a team, the Cavaliers played a high-energy defense, especially in transition.
“I thought we played with pace because we got stops,” coach Tyronn Lue said. “We were able to get out and run and get shots in transition.”
The contest was never in doubt for the Cavaliers, who led by nearly 30 points for the majority of the contest. It was the type of night that Cleveland needed following a difficult month of February, in which the team logged a 2-5 record in their last seven contests.
Kyrie Irving, who contributed 26 points, attributed the team success to simple execution.
“Executing our game plan at a very high level. It’s our job to go out and execute it,” Irving said. “When the ball’s hopping, ball movement’s great, we’re a tough team to beat.”
Cleveland will face two tough tests at home in the coming days, so their resurgence of efficiency despite their injury struggles is timely. Cleveland welcomes the Utah Jazz to QuickenLoans Arena on Thursday night and the Clippers on Saturday—two teams with win totals in the forties. Deron Williams will look to continue to add a much-needed boost off the bench as his new team heads into the final stretch of regular season contests.
The Cavaliers and the Jazz tip off at 8:30 pm on Thursday night on ABC.