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Cavs-Pistons In-Game Report

By Nate Published: March 25, 2011

4Q in progress

*Cavs point guard Baron Davis hit a backbreaking 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds left to seal Cleveland's 97-91 win.

*Instead of extending the Cavs' lead to eight points, center Ryan Hollins missed two free throws with 3:33 remaining.

*Cavs guard Daniel Gibson benefited from a lucky bounce with 6:23 left when his 3-pointer bounced off the side of the rim, shot straight up and fell in the hoop. The shot gave the Cavs an 87-80 lead.

*Forward Luke Harangody recorded two putbacks to give the Cavs an 81-75 lead with 8:00 left.

End 3Q: Cavs 75, Pistons 68

*Davis spent part of the third quarter staying loose on an exercise bike near the tunnel that players use to enter and exit the court. He re-entered the game with 2:45 left in the quarter.

*Cavs forward J.J. Hickson recorded his 10th rebounded early in the third quarter. He has now recorded 19 double-doubles this season and 23 in his career. He had 24 points and 15 rebounds entering the final quarter. At this rate, he'll flirt with surpassing his career highs in points (31) and rebounds (20).

Half: Cavs 52, Pistons 51

*The Cavs have been sloppy as evidenced by their 11 turnovers in the first half, including eight in the second quarter. The Pistons, though, have often failed to make them pay.

*Hollins came to life in the second quarter to score all eight of his first-half points. Hickson led the Cavs in the first half with 16 points and nine rebounds.

*Forward Austin Daye came off the bench to lead the Pistons in the first half with 12 points.

*Davis hit 3-pointers on consecutive possessions to score his first points of the game and give the Cavs a 37-32 lead. The Pistons responded by taking a timeout with 8:46 left in the first half.

End 1Q: Cavs 26, Pistons 24

*With Hollins starting again at center, Hickson moved to power forward and thrived early in the game. Hickson finished the first quarter with 12 points, three rebounds and a blocked shot.

*With 2:41 left in the first quarter, Davis came off the bench and entered the game. Davis had been sidelined since March 17 with knee and back injuries. Point guard Ramon Sessions, who started again for the Cavs but is expected to soon return to the bench when Davis feels he is ready to start, had four assists and shot 3-of-4 from the field for six points in the opening quarter.

*Guard Richard Hamilton led the Pistons in the first quarter with 10 points.

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