LeBron James had 25 points, 14 assists and narrowly missed his second straight triple-double, and the Cleveland Cavaliers beat Detroit 121-104 on Sunday night, sending the Pistons to their eighth straight loss.
Cleveland has won consecutive games for the first time since a five-game winning streak Dec. 9-17
James was 8 of 15 from the field, 8 of 9 from the foul line and had eight rebounds. Kyle Korver’s 3-pointer midway through the fourth quarter broke a 95-all tie. James added two free throws and a three-point play, and J.R. Smith hit a pair of 3-pointers as Cleveland pulled away.
Kevin Love had 20 points and 11 rebounds and Smith, with his second strong game in a row, had 15 points.
Tobias Harris and Anthony Tolliver each scored 20 points for the Pistons, who continued to struggle despite several changes in the starting lineup by coach Stan Van Gundy. Detroit’s losing streak is the longest current stretch in the league.
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