Game 1: Cleveland Cavaliers defeat Detroit Pistons, 106-101

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CLEVELAND, OH – APRIL 17: Kyrie Irving #2 of the Cleveland Cavaliers shoots over Steve Blake #22 of the Detroit Pistons during the first half of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Quicken Loans Arena on April 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Jason Miller/Getty Images)

CLEVELAND – The Cleveland Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons, 106-101, in Game 1 of a best-of-seven playoff series.

They now lead the series 1-0.

The Pistons took the early lead, keeping themselves a couple points ahead most of the first quarter. The Cavaliers closed in as the quarter ended though, taking a 27-25 lead right at the buzzer.

The second quarter was close as well, but the Pistons came away with the lead going into halftime, 58-53.

Kevin Love lead the Cavs with 18 points at the half, while Marcus Morris lead the Pistons with 19.

The third quarter wasn’t much of a change from the first half when it came to scoring and the Cavs continued to struggle, missing several 3-pointers. The Pistons lead 78-76 going into the fourth.

Things changed in the fourth quarter as both teams got much more physical. The Cavs managed to create a gap with a few minutes left in the game. They stepped up defensively in the final minutes and were able to hold onto their lead and take the win.

Game 2 is on Wednesday night at 8 p.m. at Quicken Loans Arena.

The Cavs and Pistons faced off in the regular-season finale, where the Pistons came away with the win. Neither LeBron James or Kyrie Irving played in that game.

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On Saturday, Kevin Love told media that the they don't want to get ahead of themselves and they know they have a tough opponent in the Pistons.

This postseason will be much different for the Cavaliers compared to last year. Kevin Love and Kyrie Irving are both healthy and playing well after they were both injured during the NBA playoffs in 2015.


Game 2 Wednesday, April 20 at Quicken Loans Arena at 8 p.m.
Game 3 Friday, April 22 at the Palace of Auburn Hills at 7 p.m.
Game 4 Sunday, April 24 at the Palace of Auburn Hills at 8:30 p.m.
Game 5* Tuesday, April 26 at Quicken Loans Arena time TBD
Game 6* Thursday, April 28 at the Palace of Auburn Hills time TBD
Game 7* Saturday, April 30 at Quicken Loans Arena time TBD

*If necessary

**More on the Cleveland Cavaliers here**

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