Cavs Defeat Pistons 110-100 Without Mitchell Active

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Darius Garland led the charge with a spectacular shooting performance as the Cleveland Cavaliers overcame the absence of key players to secure a win against the Detroit Pistons. The game, filled with highs and lows for both teams, ended with a 110-100 final score in favor of the Cavs.

“It felt really good coming out of my hand tonight,” Garland said. “We were missing two big pieces of our team, so I had to be super aggressive.”

Despite being short-handed without Donovan Mitchell and Caris LeVert, Cleveland managed an impressive lead in the third quarter but saw their advantage diminish in the fourth. However, the team’s resilience shone through, ensuring they improved their season record to 39-20.

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Cade Cunningham‘s efforts for the Pistons, leading his team with 21 points and 10 assists, highlighted Detroit’s struggles as they faced their seventh loss in eight games, dropping to a 9-50 season record.

“I’m not happy with the outcome,” Pistons coach Monty Williams said. “There were a number of lapses with the second unit. I have to figure out a (bench) combination that can play the way we want to play.”

The Cavaliers showcased their strategic prowess and shooting skills throughout the match, with Garland’s performance from beyond the arc proving crucial for the team’s success.

“When he’s hitting like that, it means people have to chase him and make tough decisions,” Cavaliers coach J.B. Bickerstaff said. “If you want to trap him or if you want to switch, it creates advantages for us in other places.”

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Despite a late rally from the Pistons, Cleveland held on to secure the win, demonstrating their ability to overcome adversity and compete at a high level even in the absence of key players.

“You have to give them a ton of credit,” Bickerstaff said. “I think it is extremely difficult, what they are going through, but they play hard no matter the score.”

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As both teams look ahead, the Cavaliers are set to host the New York Knicks, while the Pistons will face the Orlando Magic on the road, each hoping to build on their performances in their upcoming games.

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