Notes, quotes and observations after the Cavaliers closed out a five-game homestand 2-3 with a 112-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons at Quicken Loans Arena.

1. Larry Nance Jr. said he calls his dad before and after every game.

2. But this time he merely had to walk down the hall to the family room. After he stepped through the door, the needling likely began.

3. “I saw some little image, my first career start for the Cavs and his first career start for the Cavs, and I got him a little bit. So I’m sure I’ll razz him about that,” Nance Jr. said.

4. In his first start as a Cavalier, Nance Jr. nearly eclipsed his father’s totals in the first half.

5. On Feb. 28, 1988 at Portland, Nance Sr. finished with 17 points, 11 rebounds, two assists, four blocked shots and two steals in 39 minutes of a 13-point loss. At halftime against the Pistons, Nance Jr. had 18 points, 10 rebounds and a steal in nearly 19 minutes.

6. Playing 32 minutes, Nance Jr. finished with career-highs in points (22) and rebounds (15), along with an assist and two steals.

7. According to the Elias Sports Bureau, the Nances became the fifth father-son duo in NBA history to score 20 points in a game for the same team. They joined Rick and Jon Barry, Doc and Austin Rivers, Ernie and Kiki Vandeweghe and Gerald and Gerald Henderson.

8. Nance Sr. recorded 149 20-point games for the Cavs before his career ended in 1984. An Akron native and Revere High School product, Nance Jr. will get more chances to start chipping away at his dad’s numbers.

9. Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said Tristan Thompson will miss two weeks with a sprained right ankle suffered Saturday against the Nuggets. That means Nance should continue to start at center through the Cavs’ five-city, six-game road trip that concludes March 17 in Chicago. At this point Lue won’t commit to Nance past that, but Nance could play his way into a regular spot in the lineup.

10. Making 9 of 15 shots from the field, Nance said it didn’t feel like the best game he’d ever played in the NBA.

11. “Um, not really. It just kind of felt easy,” he said. “The guys were giving me all the opportunity in the world to make my shots and I just happened to be making them.”

12. The biggest reason it felt easy was his extended time with LeBron James, who finished with 31 points, seven rebounds and seven assists in three quarters of action.

13. “I said everything just felt easy. He’s a large part of that,” Nance said of James. “His gravity is ridiculous. When he has the ball the entire other team’s defense is just locked on him. So, us cutting and us moving on the backside and him finding us is ridiculous.”

14. The Cavs had fun finding Nance for dunks, none more spectacular than J.R. Smith’s flip pass to Nance for an alley-oop with 3:21 left in the second quarter.

15. “I’ll have to check it out,” Nance said of the connection with Smith. “It was a heck of a pass. It was right on the money.

16. “I think they’re having fun. Kind of tossing it up there like, ‘All right, let’s see if he can go get this one.’”

17. Nance admitted he has to be on alert at all times because of the force of James’ bullet passes.

18. “Absolutely. There’s still times, I’m still learning to have my hands up,” Nance said. “There were a couple times in the Memphis game, couple times in the Oklahoma City game, even the occasional time today where like I did not know I was open, but he did. It’s like a ball will come flying through the lane and it’s like, ‘OK, I was open, I guess.’”

19. James praised Nance afterward.

20. “High-energy plays is what he’s all about,” James said. “He’s very fast, athletic, and puts himself in a position to be successful on the floor. He’s always in the right spots and, for us, if we break the defense down, just try to put it up there for him on a lob or if the five man is sagging off on him, we try to get him the ball where he can get his shots. He makes a lot of energy and effort plays by just being himself and it results in good things for our team.”

21. Nance is an offensive and defensive upgrade over Thompson, at least the 2017-18 version of Thompson. But part of Nance’s game that Lue was unaware of is his ability to make mid-range shots. Against the Pistons he made 3 of 9 attempts that weren’t taken at the rim, his makes coming around the top of the key.

22. “I didn’t know he could shoot it. He never shot it in LA,” Lue said. “But coming here, just watching him shoot, he has 3-point range also, which I didn’t know. If he can continue to make that shot, it helps our offense out tremendously.”

23. James explained that Nance’s mid-range game keeps the opposing center honest.

24. “(He) can’t just sit in the lane and kind of muck up everything,” James said. “Larry’s ability to make that 15-foot jump shot, and he’s been working on his 3 as well, so I told him to keep taking them if they’re going to keep leaving him open. It helps. It just gives us a little more spacing.”

25. Traded by the Lakers on Feb. 8, Nance isn’t sure why he’s taking those shots now.

26. “I just haven’t gotten a chance to show much of it. Whatever it was, I just wasn’t that comfortable shooting them in LA,” he said. “But whether it’s the coaching staff or the guys, they have the utmost confidence in me shooting that shot and I feel great shooting it, too.”

27. That wasn’t all Nance did. The Cavs took the season series with the Pistons 3-1 and in Detroit’s lone victory on Jan. 30 at Little Caesars Arena Andre Drummond recorded 21 points and 22 rebounds. On Monday, Drummond totaled 15 points and nine rebounds, snapping his streak of 18 consecutive double-doubles, a career-high.

28. “My whole game plan to be honest with you, I didn’t care if I had zero rebounds, I just wanted him to have zero as well,” Nance said. “He could do all he wants defensively, but I just didn’t want him to get any offensive rebounds.” Drummond got one.

29. An All-Star this season, Drummond stands 6-foot-11, 279 pounds. Nance is 6-9, 230.

30. “I just tried to hit first. A guy like that, any time a shot goes up, he’s just trying to wedge you under the basket and stuff like that so you’ve got to really pre-box out almost,” Nance said. “You gotta see, ‘All right, the shot’s about to go up, I gotta hit him and see if I can move him out before he gets there.’”

31. Asked what it’s like guarding bigger guys, Nance said, “It’s exhausting. Those guys are All-Stars for a reason. Probably the biggest guy on the court at all times. So you definitely gotta pay extra attention to them pretty much all the time.”

32. The most bizarre group the Cavs may have used all season came out to start the second quarter. The second unit consisted of Kyle Korver, Cedi Osman, Jose Calderon, Jordan Clarkson and Ante Zizic. Zizic, who has played little with the Cavs this season but has gotten experience with the G League’s Canton Charge, scored on a layup and a tip-in and Calderon hit a trey to immediately get the group going.

33. “At shootaround that’s the guys I told them to put on the floor together,” said Lue, who missed shootaround with an illness. “Just texted Jose last night, just said I wanted him to run that second unit, trying to get Jordan off the ball so he can be more aggressive. Less thinking, just being aggressive scoring. It was a great lift for us. I thought Cedi’s energy off the bench was really good, Clarkson being aggressive, Jose running the team and big Z was great tonight. I thought he was physical, had a couple blocked shots, ran the plays the right way. They did a good job.”

34. Zizic totaled six points, six rebounds, two assists, a steal and a blocked shot in 16 minutes.

35. Rodney Hood made his second start as a Cav and although his numbers weren’t great – 4 for 12 field goals, 0 for 2 3s in 30 minutes – he said he made progress.

36. “It’s just two completely different styles of play than I’ve played the last three and a half years in Utah,” Hood said. “Here Coach Lue wants you to be aggressive, first shot available be aggressive. In Utah, it was three or four passes minimal, a lot of movement, cutting. We do that here, but obviously we try to find the best matchup, so it’s just an adjustment period. I’m getting better. I just got to continue to build on it.”

37. Hood scored nine of his 13 points in the third quarter (including 3 of 3 free throws) and credited Korver for getting him going.

38. “Just a lot more aggressive, getting to the basket,” Hood said. “I give a lot of credit to Kyle. Obviously he’s the best free throw shooter on the team, but he gave me a technical foul free throw and got me going. I hit my next jump shot and I was able to get to the rim (after that). It’s a small thing to a lot of people, but that meant a lot to me.”

39. In the big picture, most important to the Cavs was the fact that James sat the entire fourth quarter after playing all but 20 seconds in the second half against the Nuggets Saturday. James, 33, entered the night second in the league in minutes per game at 37.2.

40. “We needed it. We needed it,” James said of the Cavs’ largest margin of victory at home this season. “We’ve got a long road trip and it’s always good to get a good quality win like that. Nobody had to play high minutes. Especially for myself, I haven’t sat out a fourth quarter in a long time and felt good about it. I’ve sat out fourth quarters, but we were probably getting tore up. But that was a good win for us and it was good for all of us.”