CLEVELAND: The Cavaliers recorded assists on each of their first 15 baskets and set a franchise record for most assists in a half in a 122-100 pounding of the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday.
Matthew Dellavedova had a career-high 12 assists, Dion Waiters had eight, Luol Deng had seven and Kyrie Irving had five in one of the season’s most efficient performances. The Cavs had assists on all 14 of their baskets in the first quarter and 26 for the half, the most in franchise history and the most in a half in the NBA this season, leading to a 69-37 lead at the half.
The Cavs had 98 points after three quarters and led by as many as 34 in a game that was never close. They finished the night with 41 assists, just shy of the franchise record of 45.
Waiters scored 22 points, Hawes had 15 (13 in the first quarter) and Tyler Zeller had 18 points off the bench. Dellavedova’s 14-point, 12-assist effort was his third double-double this season.
While the Cavs had 26 assists at the half, the Pistons had just 13 baskets. They were playing without leading scorer Josh Smith, who is out with tendonitis in his knee, while second-leading scorer Brandon Jennings missed his first 10 shots Wednesday.
The Cavs are clinging to their playoff lives and now must wait to see how the Atlanta Hawks fared against the Boston Celtics. The Cavs will be eliminated from postseason contention with their next loss or the Hawks’ next victory.