March 11, 2014
LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers made the Detroit Pistons' inspired effort moot.
James had 25 points, 11 rebounds and nine assists, leading the Cavs to a 79-68 victory Friday night and a 3-0 lead in the first-round series.
The Pistons, whose collective heart was questioned by one of their players, played hard for three-plus quarters before being rendered helpless by James.
He had an alley-oop slam midway through an 18-2 run that started after the sixth tie of the game.
James had help, getting a career playoff-high 19 points and 10 rebounds from Joe Smith, and 13 points from Zydrunas Ilgauskas.
The Pistons will host Game 4 on Sunday needing a surprising showing to extend the series.
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