Pistons run past Cavaliers
LAS VEGAS -- The Detroit Pistons closed out their visit to the 2009 NBA Summer League presented by EA SPORTS with a 4-1 record after defeating the Cleveland Cavaliers (1-4), 92-86, Friday afternoon at the COX Pavilion in Las Vegas.
The Pistons entered the fourth quarter trailing by four at 68-64, but slowly kept pace before overtaking the Cavaliers just 3:49 into the frame for the ninth and final lead change of the game. A three-pointer by Jonas Jerebko put his squad up for good and helped them extend the lead to as much as nine down the stretch. Jerebko had nine fourth-quarter points, while Austin Daye chipped in 10 to aid the come-from-behind win.
Daye led all scorers with 20 points, while notching a double-double by adding 10 rebounds to his stat line. Jerebko followed closely behind with 19 points of his own.
"For the game, we jumped out great in the first quarter, the guys played very well," said Pistons Summer League Head Coach, Pat Sullivan. "The second quarter was the complete opposite, David Harrison kind of had his way with us and was so physical. Unfortunately for them, he got kicked out which helped us. Our guys really responded in the fourth quarter, Austin Daye, [Jeremy] Pargo, Jonas [Jerebko], all our guys played extremely well to close out the game which was nice."
The first half was a tale of two stories. After falling behind early, Detroit knotted up the score at 4-4 less than two minutes into the contest and then pushed out to three different 14-point leads, the last of which came with 42 seconds remaining in the quarter.
Cleveland turned things around in the second quarter by outscoring Detroit by a 15-point margin, 29-14. The Cavaliers finally cut its deficit to under single digits at 2:25 off a jumper by David Harrison. The basket spurred a 17-6 run that lasted 5:54 and saw Cleveland regain the lead at 42-41 before claiming the half-time lead at 47-45.
The teams played a back-and-forth third quarter, as it featured three ties and five lead changes. The Cavaliers held the upper hand at the end of the period up four 68-64. Both teams connected on 7-of-16 shooting from the field.
Cleveland lost some of its size in the middle when Harrison was ejected for his second technical foul just 2:52 into the third quarter.
Detroit's scoring was rounded out by three more double-figure performers. Jeremy Pargo notched 13, while DaJuan Summers and Deron Washington had 12 apiece.