Detroit at Cleveland

Cavaliers 97, Pistons 91

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CLEVELAND -- Baron Davis returned at the perfect time for the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Playing for only the fifth time since being acquired last month, Davis scored 16 points and hit a clinching 3-pointer with 9.9 seconds remaining, leading the Cavaliers to a 97-91 win over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night.

Davis' shot came with Cleveland clinging to a 94-91 lead. With the shot clock winding down, he buried the 25-footer from the right wing that put the game away, giving Cleveland only its second win in 10 games.

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Davis, who had missed the last three games because of back spasms, wanted the ball in his hands.

"That's the beauty of the game, the opportunity to take the pressure shot," he said. "I love those moments."

Cleveland coach Byron Scott has been looking for someone to take on that role all season.

"Some guys have the guts to take those shots," Scott said. "He definitely has them. Those are the guys willing to be the hero, but they're also willing to be the goat. That's what you have to be when you're out there."

Scott wants to work Davis into the starting lineup at some point, which could happen Sunday against Atlanta.

"It's always nice when you have a guy that is a closer," Scott said. "As soon as he took the ball over to the right side, I knew he was going to shoot. It's great when you have a guy with that type of ability and confidence."

Davis also had five assists in 24 minutes. He was acquired from the Los Angeles Clippers in a Feb. 24 trade. Prior to his back injury, Davis missed time with a sore left knee and following the death of his grandmother.

J.J. Hickson scored 24 points and had 15 rebounds for Cleveland, which also broke a seven-game home losing streak. Hickson was 9 of 13 from the field and made all six of his free throws.

Tayshaun Prince and Richard Hamilton scored 15 points apiece for Detroit, which has lost three straight and six of eight.

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Cleveland led most of the game, but fell behind 53-52 when Detroit scored first in the third quarter. Anthony Parker's jumper gave the Cavaliers the lead for good, but Cleveland couldn't pull away. Detroit cut the lead to 92-91 with 1:39 to play, but Daniel Gibson hit a jumper to give Cleveland a three-point lead. The score remained that way until Davis' big shot.

Dribbling on the right wing, Davis was expecting a double-team and was surprised when the Pistons switched their defense and forward Chris Wilcox came out to guard him.

"I was going to look for J.J., but I got [Wilcox] backing up a little bit," Davis said. "My legs were going on me a little, but I got a lot of arc on the ball."

"We couldn't get over the hump," Detroit coach John Kuester said. "We had a couple of chances at the end. Guys were fighting hard. We just have to keep finding guys that will continue to play hard the whole time."

Kuester thought the Cavs wanted to win the game more than the Pistons did.

"No question about it, they had more energy than us," he said. "They played harder than us."

Ryan Hollins and Luke Harangody scored 10 points apiece for the Cavaliers, who beat the Pistons for the first time in three games this season.

Austin Daye and Chris Wilcox had 12 points each for the Pistons. Rodney Stuckey and Greg Monroe each scored 11 points.

Notes

Detroit F Charlie Villanueva, who exchanged words with coach John Kuester after being removed from Wednesday's game, didn't play Friday. C Ben Wallace (left knee) missed his second straight game. ... Longtime Cavaliers radio play-by-play man Joe Tait, who has missed the entire season because of health reasons, will return to work Sunday. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame last summer.

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Scoreboard
Detroit (25-47)2427172391
Cleveland (14-57) «2626232297
DET:R. Hamilton 15 Pts
DET:C. Wilcox 8 Reb
DET:R. Stuckey 4 Ast
CLE:J. Hickson 24 Pts
CLE:J. Hickson 15 Reb
CLE:A. Parker 7 Ast
Players of the Game
DetroitCleveland

Tayshaun Prince

J.J. Hickson
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
154224152
Detroit
T. Prince, SF367-161-142115
R. Hamilton, SG317-171-122315
C. Wilcox, C275-82-380512
G. Monroe, C265-91-480111
T. McGrady, SG211-50-11302
A. Daye, SF284-93-373212
R. Stuckey, PG273-114-544111
B. Gordon, SG173-50-00118
J. Maxiell, PF160-10-04240
W. Bynum, PG122-61-21215
B. Wallace, CDid Not Play
C. Villanueva, PFDid Not Play
J. Jerebko, SFDid Not Play
D. Summers, SFDid Not Play
T. White, SGDid Not Play
Totals 37-8713-2039191991
 42.5%65.0% 
Cleveland
J. Hickson, PF369-136-6152124
A. Parker, SG302-91-15725
A. Gee, SF284-100-06038
R. Hollins, C245-70-320210
R. Sessions, PG243-60-03606
B. Davis, PG246-130-045316
D. Gibson, PG242-72-23017
S. Samuels, PF183-73-43049
L. Harangody, PF173-63-491210
C. Eyenga, SF141-40-01012
A. Jamison, PFDid Not Play
A. Varejao, CDid Not Play
J. Graham, SFDid Not Play
S. Erden, CDid Not Play
M. Harris, PGDid Not Play
Totals 38-8215-2051211997
 46.3%75.0% 
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Ind 93
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Orl 95
Char 83 Final
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Phi 99 Final
Mia 111
Mil 102 Final
NY 96
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Chi 99
Min 103 Final
OKC 111
Wash 94 Final
Den 114
NO 106 Final
Pho 100
SA 96 Final
Port 98
Tor 100 Final
GS 138
LAC 104 Final
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