Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers pulled away for a 121-104 victory over the Detroit Pistons Sunday at Quicken Loans Arena.

1. It was only the Cavs’ third victory in the past five games, but after the horrendous post-Christmas stretch and Monday’s heated team meeting, it felt different.

2. For the first time since a Dec. 17 triumph at Washington it felt like the Cavs were having fun again.

3. And the catalyst was Channing Frye, whom days ago seemed out the door, headed to the Sacramento Kings along with Iman Shumpert for guard George Hill.

4. A recent report by Joe Vardon of Cleveland.com said the two sides remain far apart. But with an expiring contract, Frye could still be dealt before the Feb. 8 trade deadline. If he stays it might be a blessing, even if he has been unplayable in the Finals against Golden State.

5. The spark came from Frye’s putback dunk with 7:35 remaining in the second quarter. J.R. Smith ran three-quarters of the way downcourt to shoulder-bump him, and Kevin Love followed.

6. “He lightened the mood of the last week or two weeks just by that putback dunk. That was a very, very athletic play very seldom seen by a player like Channing Frye,” Love joked. “I was impressed. Was happy for him.

7. “When we’re at shootaround he says he doesn’t dunk before noon. He played a great game tonight, all joking aside. He’s big for us, he’s always a great pro. That will go on the career highlight reel.”

8. Smith got in on the kidding, saying, “To see Channing get above the rim is a site to see.

9. “Channing is an overall great guy, great person. Has a tremendous work ethic. Statistically for us, this year for sure, when he plays and he plays well, we win.”

10. Judging from what his teammates and coach Tyronn Lue said about Frye, losing him in a trade might show short-sightedness in terms of chemistry.

11. “Channing adds so much to our team and to how we play,” Kyle Korver said. “We’ve all got strengths and weaknesses, but there’s like a spirit about him that when he’s out there, the ball’s moving and he can shoot and spaces the floor and he’s talking. He’s really excited or he’s really mad at himself. It’s just energy though, like emotions, good emotions that we need. It was good to have him out there.”

12. At one point in the first half, Frye was talking so loudly on defense that his voice could be heard on press row on the arena’s second level.

13. Frye played nearly 21 minutes and scored seven points with seven rebounds, two assists and a steal.

14. “Being a shooting, stretch-5 is difficult in this game nowadays. A lot of guys are stretch-5s, but they can’t defend the post like Channing can,” Lue said. “For him to defend the post like he can and then spread the floor with (Andre) Drummond and keep him out of the paint, it makes a big difference for us offensively.”

15. Isaiah Thomas doesn’t know Frye well, but knows what plays like his dunk can do.

16. “It can give us energy. Those types of plays we need,” Thomas said. “We need plays like second-chance points, multiple-effort plays, diving on the ground. Those type of things spark things and spark things in a positive way. So to see a guy like Channing who never gets those little opportunities to get a tip dunk, that’s just saying he’s playing hard and in the right spots. Usually when you do that, things fall in your favor.”

17. As for what Frye contributes in the locker room, Lue said Frye brings the same traits as Richard Jefferson, traded on Oct. 14 and now in Denver.

18. “In the locker room, I go back to R.J., too, and him and R.J. together were just great for us,” Lue said. “Just policing the locker room, telling the truth, even if guys don’t want to hear it. If they were right or wrong Channing is going to tell the guys that. Having him around is great just for the veteran leadership.”

19. More significant about Frye was that he started the fourth quarter with Korver, Jeff Green, Jae Crowder and LeBron James.

20. Lue is still in the process of sorting out his rotations and he made some major decisions Sunday.

21. He didn’t play starting point guard Isaiah Thomas at all in the fourth quarter, instead letting him close out the third, when Thomas scored 10 of his 14 points. Also on the bench for all of the fourth was point guard Derrick Rose and center Tristan Thompson.

22. Love played three minutes, J.R. Smith four. Korver and Crowder went 12, James all but 49 seconds, Frye nine, Jeff Green eight.

23. It seemed like a conscious effort by Lue to get Korver back on the court with James. Korver had excelled as the team dubbed him “Mr. Fourth Korver” during the Cavs’ 13-game winning streak.

24. “It was fun. Felt like it had been a while since I had been out there when it matters,” Korver said.

25. “We’re just trying to figure out what’s working,” Frye said. “We watched a lot more film, guys have been working. We’re seeing different lineups out there and we’re just trying to figure out our rhythm and who we are. We have a lot of different lineups that work and a lot of different lineups that are good. We have to shoot the ball and run and just have fun.”

26. Thomas didn’t seem enthused about sitting out the fourth, especially when the Cavs led 90-87 after three quarters.

27. “I don’t know. What do you want me to say? I’m just glad we won,” Thomas said.

28. When asked about the decision to hold Thomas out of the final quarter, Lue said, “Came back and started Bron in the fourth quarter. Him and Kevin came out with five and a half to go in the third quarter so we left I.T. in and he was able to carry the scoring load in that third quarter. Then brought Bron back to start the fourth quarter and had a great rhythm. Tristan and those guys said, ‘Let them go. Let them play.’ Second unit came in and played well.”

29. Thomas understands that Lue may want to stagger his minutes with James.

30. “We talked about it, so I think that needs to happen,” Thomas said. “My minutes just can’t be with LeBron at all times. We got to play to our strengths. Just like Chris Paul and James Harden, they don’t play together at all times. Kyrie last year, they didn’t play together at all times.

31. “So he’s figuring it out and we’re figuring it out as a unit, how to use our strengths and at the same time we know for the most part we start games together, finish games together and we go from there. It’s a learning process and we’re still learning each other. I’m still learning this team and Ty Lue is still learning how to use me to the best of my ability.”

32. All season the Cavs have played better with fewer players in the rotation. For most of the 13-game winning streak they had only nine healthy players. On Sunday, for the second consecutive game they were without Dwyane Wade, whose agent and mentor Henry “Hank” Thomas died Saturday morning.

33. Wade may rejoin the team in Detroit, which will add to the puzzle Lue is trying to sort out.

34. “It’s tough playing 11 guys,” Lue said. “When you’re not going to play a guy you just have to talk to them and communicate that. We have 13, 14 guys that should play, actually. Have to have that communication, and it’s going to be different games for different guys.”

35. During the Cavs’ slump, Korver said was getting texts from alarmed friends. Now he feels like the Cavs are snapping out of it.

36. “I’ve got people texting me and seeing if I’m OK and I’m like, ‘Yeah, we’re good actually. Like, we’re fine,’” Korver said. “There’s a lot of story lines around this team. It’s like every day there’s something. Some of these guys have been here so long, they’ve been through it so many times that they’re able to kind of like compartmentalize a lot of stuff. You give a lot of guys credit for being able to deal with all the noise that’s going on outside and focus on the game. I think we’re headed in the right direction right now.”

37. Korver admitted Lue gave them no hint what lineup he was using to start the fourth quarter.

38. “He’s trying to get guys in a rhythm … but he’s also trying to feel the game. He sees someone gets hot, he rides them. He usually does that,” Korver said. “But he’s in a tough spot. I.T.’s finding his rhythm, different lineups are finding their rhythm.

39. “That’s what the regular season is for, is for us to figure out what’s best. But you’ve got to have patience with it. Tonight that second unit with Bron was kind of rolling in the fourth quarter and our defense was great. We gave up 17 in the fourth quarter, which, whoa, good job Cavs. So you kind of let it go.”