The Cavaliers scored 52 points in the paint and smashed the smaller Pistons on the glass for a 105-89 win at Detroit on Wednesday. It was the Cavs’ first road win in their first attempt after winning just seven games away from home all of last season.
Samardo Samuels had 17 points and Ramon Sessions had 16 off the bench for the Cavs (1-1), who placed six players in double figures. Top overall pick Kyrie Irving had 14 points and seven assists despite sitting the game’s final 17 minutes.
The Cavs led by as many as 19 in the fourth quarter and outrebounded the Pistons 40-26. They shot 57 percent from the floor and won going away despite turning it over 21 times.
It was their largest margin of victory since beating the Pistons at home 104-79 on March 21, 2010. It was their largest road win since March 3, 2010 when they won by 19 at New Jersey.