Apr 9, 2014; Cleveland, OH, USA; Detroit Pistons center Andre Drummond (0) drives against Cleveland Cavaliers guard Kyrie Irving (2) in the first quarter at Quicken Loans Arena. Mandatory Credit: David Richard-USA TODAY Sports

Instant Reaction: Cleveland Cavaliers 122, Detroit Pistons 100

Final Outcome

The Cleveland Cavaliers, still mathematically alive in the Eastern Conference playoff race, beat down the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Behind a franchise record 26 assists (more on that below), Cleveland routed its divisional rival by a final score of 122-100. Dion Waiters led all scorers with 22 points.

Key Play to the Game

Seemingly every Cavaliers bucket in the first half was huge. As a result, it is hard to pick just one key play. Thus, the key plays to game where all 26 first half assists dished out by the Cavaliers. Those 26 assists were a franchise record and were a pleasant surprise. More often than not, this Cavaliers team finds itself dribbling itself into bad shot after bad shot. Granted, the roster is  built around a ball-dominant, high-usage backcourt, but this team looks to move the ball, it becomes exponentially more dangerous.

Wine & Gold MVP

Statistically speaking, this one of the best games of Dion Waiters’ still young NBA career. As he wraps up his second NBA season, Waiters has thus far proven to be a player who, when he scores big, generally shoots a lot and doesn’t dish out a ton of assists. For his career, he is averaging just 3.7 assists per 36 minutes. Tonight, however, Waiters was consistently effective for the majority of his 31 minutes. He finished the game with 22 points, eight assists and the highest +/- on the team. 

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Up Next

The Cavaliers will have Thursday off before taking on the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday. The Bucks are the worst team record wise in the NBA this season, but have played Cleveland tough each time the teams have matched up. The Bucks actually beat the Cavaliers 109-104 way back in November when Andrew Bynum was still on the team and Alonzo Gee was still the Cavaliers’ starting small forward. Were the Cavaliers still thickly in the playoff hunt, this game would come at the perfect time. And although it is winnable for the Cavaliers, it doesn’t have much meaning at this point the season. That is unless the Hawks and Knicks both collapse as the season winds down. Tipoff is at 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the Bradley Center.

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