Cavs win big, expect Love on floor soon
The Associated Press
CLEVELAND — LeBron James got his 52nd career triple-double, Kyrie Irving scored 26 points and the Cleveland Cavaliers overpowered the Detroit Pistons 128-96 on Tuesday.
James picked up his 10th triple-double of the season and third in the last four games in the third quarter. In only 28 minutes, the four-time MVP finished with 16 points, 11 rebounds and 12 assists.
Iman Shumpert scored a season-high 18 points for the reigning NBA champions. The Cavs made their first 10 3-pointers and started by hitting 22 of 25 shots from the field for a 60-33 lead early in the second quarter.
“It’s been a while since we actually came out and put a team away early in the third quarter where guys could sit in the fourth quarter,” said Cleveland coach Tyronn Lue, whose team had lost four of its previous five games.
Before the game, Cavs general manager David Griffin said he anti-cipates forward Kevin Love will return during the team’s next road trip, which begins Saturday. Love had surgery on his left knee Feb. 14, and the team is 8-6 since he was hurt.
Griffin said Love participated in 3-on-3 drills Tuesday and the team will monitor how he responds before deciding on the next step.
Detroit got 17 points from Tobias Harris.
“They were great and we were terrible,” said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. “That’s how you get a lopsided game.”
Larry Sanders, signed by the Cavaliers on Monday, played the final 1:58 and missed his only shot attempt while recording two fouls.