End 3Q: Cavs 86, Pistons 75
* Great close to the quarter for the Cavs, who outscored the Pistons 16-5 over the final 4 1/2 minutes. The Cavs benefited from a big five-point play by Daniel Gibson.
* Gibson hit a 3-pointer late in the quarter and was fouled by Richard Hamilton. Then Hamilton was given a technical and Gibson made both free throws. Suddenly, the Cavs' lead was 79-72 with 2:51 left.
* J.J. Hickson has 17 points and Gibson has 16 for the Cavs. Stuckey has 19 to lead the Pistons.
Half: Pistons 57, Cavs 56
* The Cavs began the second quarter on a 12-0 run to briefly take the lead, but ended the quarter with terrible defense. Rodney Stuckey was allowed to sail down the lane in the final seconds, then no one boxed out Greg Monroe, who tipped in Stuckey's miss at the horn.
* Ramon Sessions played the entire second quarter while Baron Davis sat. Sessions has nine points and seven assists and has played really, really well. Davis, meanwhile, had his back wrapped during the pregame introductions. The only other time I saw that this season was the game at Portland, when back spasms forced him out of the second half. Stay tuned.
* Rodney Stuckey has 17 points and eight assists for the Pistons. J.J. Hickson has 12 points and five rebounds for the Cavs.
End 1Q: Pistons 33, Cavs 23
* It's happening again. A horrendous offensive opponent is having their way with the Cavs' equally-horrendous defense. The Pistons are only averaging about 97 points per game, but they're shooting 68 percent (13 of 19) and getting good looks at the basket with ease.
* Byron Scott shook up the starting lineup out of both necessity and curiousity. He started Manny Harris in front of the home folks over Anthony Parker (necessity due to Parker's bad back) and he started Semih Erden at center out of curiosity, just to see how he'd play with the starters. Neither player has done much yet.
* It's still a big night for Harris, who went to high school in Detroit and attended last year's Cavs-Pistons game as a fan because of how much he admires LeBron James. Now he's playing for the Cavs against the Pistons.