Detroit Pistons vs Cleveland Cavaliers: Lineups, preview & prediction 3/5/18

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They got exactly that - dropping a division rival in familiar fashion on their home floor, taking another one-sided decision over the Pistons, 112-90, on Monday night at The Q.

Lue was forced to make a change at center due to Tristan Thompson's sprained right ankle (enter Nance), and the coach used the opportunity to put Rodney Hood with the starters and move Cedi Osman to the bench.

Those frontcourt losses could've spelled doom against the league's top rebounder, Andre Drummond, and five-time All-Star, Blake Griffin.

Nance, whose father Larry Nance Sr. starred in Cleveland from 1988-94, posted career bests in points (22), rebounds (15) and field goals (nine) in a season-high 32 minutes.

"For us to come in here on a back to back and beat that team, they were doing everything they could to get that win", Nuggets coach Mike Malone said. It didn't take long for Thompson to return but has only averaged 6.3 points and 6.5 rebounds a game this season.

The auspicious first start the younger Nance summoned memories of the elder Nance's debut with the Cavs slightly more than 30 years ago.

LBJ leads the way with 31 points in the Wine & Gold victor. He has played all 82 games for 4 straight seasons from 2012-2016 and at one point had played 447 consecutive games before a thumb injury broke his streak and kept him out for a few games a year ago.

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Nance's stat line in his first start with Cleveland also bested his father's 17 points and 11 rebounds in his first start for the Cavs on February 29, 1988.

Hood still didn't shoot well (4-of-12), but finished with 13 points and three rebounds.

At some point the Cavaliers defense has to get better, right? He scored 14 points. Cleveland would proceed to extend its lead to 20 late in the fourth and by as many as 25 in the final period.

Often looking for teammates to finish plays, James has hooked up with Nance on numerous occasions since the Los Angeles Lakers traded the power forward along with Jordan Clarkson to the Cavs for Isaiah Thomas, Channing Frye, and Cleveland's own first-round pick in this year's NBA Draft.

"I understand that everything I do is going to have a meme or whatever behind it - that's just part of the day and age we live in", Smith said at shootaround on Saturday in preparation for the Cavs' game against the Denver Nuggets.

The Pistons have dropped two in a row and five of their past six.