Cavs Take 3-0 Lead Over Pistons

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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.