That is despite a low-scoring game from LeBron James
LeBron James was one of the 6 Cavs who scored in double figures.
After faltering, fading and suffering embarrassing losses during the early stages of the regular season, the Cleveland Cavaliers, the defending Eastern Conference Champions, are finally catching up and finally, gaining grounds as they are finally becoming the team that the rest of the East used to fear during the past 3 seasons: a legitimate super team.
The Cavs exploded for 36 points in the first quarter, scored 37 in the second quarter and never looked back as they beat the Detroit Pistons, 116-88 to extend their winning streak to 5 games.
So what worked well for the Cavs? Let's check the numbers below:
The Cavs' Impressive Start
As they say in basketball, when you start the game great, the greater chance you will win the game. And that was one of the things that enabled Cleveland to nab their 5th consecutive win. In fact, 16 of the 36 points that the Cavs scored in the first quarter against the Pistons came from none other than LeBron James. And Tyronn Lue's boys didn't stop there as they scored 37 points in the next quarter. Impressive, isn't it?
Balanced Scoring: 6 Cavs in Double Figures
- Kevin Love: 19 points
- Jae Crowder: 18 points
- LeBron James: 18 points
- Jose Calderon: 14 points
- Channing Frye: 11 points
- Jeff Green: 10 points
In a game where no one from either squad scored above 20 points, balanced scoring proved to be the difference as LeBron James, after scoring 16 in the first quarter alone, ended the night by scoring 2 points the rest of the game, finishing with 18 points. But he didn't have to carry the load alone, Kevin Love and Jae Crowder chipped in with 19 and 18 respectively but what proved to be another difference in the game was the fact that Tyronn Lue started Jose Calderon who scored 14 points in just 24 minutes of action.
If anything, this is exactly the Cleveland Cavaliers that we've been searching for. Mind you, folks. Iman Shumpert is out. So is Derrick Rose. And don't forget about Isaiah Thomas. If the Cavs can win without the guys that are mentioned, guys who are shooters and one former league MVP, then the Cavs are actually undermanned, to begin with. And they are fine with it. So far.