Cleveland Cavaliers' LeBron James sits on the bench during the fourth quarter against the Dallas Mavericks, in an NBA basketball game, Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2007, in Cleveland. James was held to 10 points in the Mavericks 92-74 win. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
The Detroit Pistons couldn't contain LeBron James again. And this time, they didn't stop his teammates until it was too late.
James, showing no regard for a defensive plan Detroit spent three days preparing for him, scored 29 points and Mo Williams added 21 as the Cleveland Cavaliers withstood a stirring comeback for a 94-82 win on Tuesday night to open a 2-0 lead over the Pistons in the Eastern Conference playoffs.
Delonte West scored 20 and Zydrunas Ilgauskas 12 for the top-seeded Cavs, who built a 29-point lead in the fourth but lost their edge and let the Pistons get within seven in the closing minutes before finally putting Detroit away.
Richard Hamilton scored 17 and Rodney Stuckey 14 for the Pistons.