November 23, 2014
"One Goal" is the Cleveland Cavaliers' new playoff theme. On Saturday, one field goal is about all they needed.
LeBron James banked in a 3-pointer at the halftime horn and Cleveland's superstar finished with 38 points, eight rebounds and
seven assists as the Cavaliers embarked on their quest for a first
NBA championship with a 102-84 win over the Detroit Pistons in Game
1 on Saturday.
James' 41-foot runner stunned the Pistons and gave Cleveland, the league's most dominant team - home or away - during the regular season, a 12-point halftime lead. The Cavaliers held off one second-half push by Detroit while James was on the bench and closed out the Pistons, who will try to even the best-of-seven series in Game 2 on Tuesday night.
To do that, Detroit will have to devise something to slow James, who had his way for 41 minutes.
Joe Smith scored 13 points and Zydrunas Ilgauskas had 12 and 10 rebounds for Cleveland.
Rodney Stuckey scored 20 and Richard Hamilton 15 for the Pistons, who came in as a No. 8 seed.