Kevin Love’s game-high 30 points were not enough for the Cleveland Cavaliers as they are edged out by the Detroit Pistons 115-113.
With 0.4 seconds left on the clock, the Cavaliers had a chance to win. Unfortunately the halfcourt lob from Kevin Love to Tristan Thompson was not meant to be and Cleveland fell 115-113 at home. Cleveland lost all four games of this home stand.
The Cavaliers entered the 4th with an 11 point lead but struggled in the final quarter. Detroit outscored Cleveland 31-18 in the 4th, which led to the Cavs loss.
Kevin Love led all scorers in the game with 30 points on 12-15 from the floor. Love made 4-6 attempts from behind the three-point line and made both free throw attempts. Even with this excellent scoring effort, Love did not attempt a field goal in crunch time. This is part of the reason why Love has been frustrated this season. In the closing moments of the game the Cavs needed someone to score and Love was hotter than hot. He was the perfect person to take a shot with time winding down. Kevin Love’s final shot attempt came with 2:57 left in the game to give Cleveland a 111-105 lead.
Collin Sexton did not have his best game. Sexton’s scoring again came with a lack of efficiency. Sexton went made seven of 19 attempts, including one of three shots from deep. Sexton was efficient from the line as always, but his shooting from the field continues to be sub-par. Collin Sexton had the Cavaliers final legitimate field goal attempt in the game. He missed, leading to a shot clock violation and a turnover.
Speaking of turnovers, Cleveland was on the wrong side of the turnover margin yet again. The Cavs turned the ball over 18 times compared to only nine for the Pistons. This is just a recurring theme that is not going to go away.