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Love breaks hand in Cavaliers' 125-114 loss to Detroit

DETROIT (AP) A loss to short-handed Detroit was hardly the biggest concern for LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers.

Cleveland's recent rough stretch went from bad to worse Tuesday night when Kevin Love exited with a broken left hand in a 125-114 loss to the Pistons. The Cavaliers said he had a non-displaced fracture in his fifth metacarpal and his status would be updated after additional examination Wednesday in Cleveland.

''It's just unfortunate for our team,'' James said. ''Obviously with everything (that's) been going on as of late with our ballclub, just trying to figure out how we're going to play every night, different lineups, and getting everybody into the flow, we don't need to have Kev go out like that. He's going to be out for quite a while - maybe two months - so it's just tough.''

The Cavs have lost 11 of 16, and the injury will likely affect the defending Eastern Conference champions' plans as the Feb. 8 trading deadline approaches. They may have to make a significant move to replace Love.

''When it rains, it pours,'' coach Tyronn Lue said.

Andre Drummond had 21 points and 22 rebounds for the Pistons, who snapped an eight-game losing streak despite a lineup that was depleted by their blockbuster trade for Blake Griffin. Detroit dealt three players to the Los Angeles Clippers to get Griffin, and neither he nor the other two players the Pistons received in return were available against Cleveland. Drummond - whose own status was in question because of an illness - had a huge game, and Stanley Johnson added a career-high 26 points.

Reggie Bullock added 22 points for the Pistons, and Anthony Tolliver scored 20.

''I needed that, and everyone in the room needed that,'' Detroit coach Stan Van Gundy said. ''When you've lost eight in a row, all you care about is getting to the end of a game with more points than the other team. It doesn't matter how.''

James scored 21 points for the Cavs, but Cleveland was listless early and outplayed late - and the result felt secondary to Love's health.

Love played only 4:41 and went scoreless.

SUPPORTING CAST

The Pistons had to give up Tobias Harris and Avery Bradley - two starters - to acquire Griffin, so players like Johnson, Bullock and Luke Kennard will have a chance to play bigger roles. Bullock scored 16 points in the first half Tuesday, and Johnson was impressive throughout, pushing the ball up the court and attacking the rim.

''I told (Johnson) after the game that I think that's the best game I've ever seen him play,'' Van Gundy said. ''He was aggressive on both ends, and while no one stops LeBron, he did a very good job against him.''

MILESTONE

Wade scored 18 points after missing two games because of the death of his longtime agent Henry Thomas. Wade (21,800) moved past Larry Bird (21,791) for 32nd place on the NBA's career scoring list.

ALL-STAR

Drummond was added to the NBA All-Star Game on Tuesday, replacing injured Washington guard John Wall. After he was initially left out of the All-Star Game, Drummond apparently felt snubbed, posting last week to his Twitter account: ''Guess I gotta start doing back flips after every point I score to get attention around here!''

The Pistons are hopeful Griffin and Drummond will develop good chemistry together, the way Griffin did with DeAndre Jordan while with the Clippers.

''Maybe, but I've got a lot more to my offensive game than DeAndre, so we're going to be able to do a lot of things beyond lobs,'' Drummond said.

TIP-INS

Cavaliers: Isaiah Thomas scored 19 points and Kyle Korver added 10.

Pistons: Detroit had 44 points in the paint in the first half and 68 for the game. ... Johnson's previous career high was 22 points against New York on Feb. 4, 2016.

UP NEXT

Cavaliers: Host the Miami Heat on Wednesday night.

Pistons: Host the Memphis Grizzlies on Thursday night in what could be Griffin's debut with Detroit.

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Key Players
L. James
23 SF
A. Drummond
0 C
33.1 Min. Per Game 33.1
14.7 Pts. Per Game 14.7
3.8 Ast. Per Game 3.8
15.1 Reb. Per Game 15.1
54.9 Field Goal % 54.9
54.9 Three Point % 54.4
74.8 Free Throw % 61.9
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:10
  Lost ball turnover on Jae Crowder, stolen by Ish Smith 0:35
  Defensive rebound by Channing Frye 0:39
  Reggie Bullock missed layup 0:40
  Offensive rebound by Andre Drummond 0:42
  Stanley Johnson missed jump shot 0:45
+ 3 Dwyane Wade made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Kyle Korver 1:02
+ 2 Ish Smith made driving layup, assist by Andre Drummond 1:16
+ 3 Channing Frye made 3-pt. jump shot, assist by Dwyane Wade 1:34
  Defensive rebound by Dwyane Wade 1:40
  Ish Smith missed jump shot 1:43
Team Stats
Points 114 125
Field Goals 38-84 (45.2%) 49-93 (52.7%)
3-Pointers 13-35 (37.1%) 9-23 (39.1%)
Free Throws 25-32 (78.1%) 18-28 (64.3%)
Total Rebounds 50 57
Offensive 7 8
Defensive 34 39
Team 9 10
Assists 24 30
Steals 2 12
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 15 10
Fouls 22 27
Technicals 0 0
21 PTS, 6 REB, 7 AST
21 PTS, 22 REB, 7 AST
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away team logo Cavaliers 29-20 27362130114
home team logo Pistons 23-26 33263036125
Team Stats
away team logo Cavaliers 29-20 101.1 PPG 41.4 RPG 19.2 APG
home team logo Pistons 23-26 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
L. James SF PPG RPG APG FG%
S. Johnson SF 8.7 PPG 3.7 RPG 1.6 APG 37.5 FG%
Top Scorers
L. James SF 21 PTS 6 REB 7 AST
S. Johnson SF 26 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
45.2 FG% 52.7
37.1 3PT FG% 39.1
78.1 FT% 64.3
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 37 21 6 7 0 1 4 2 9/20 2/7 1/2 0 6 38 -13
I. Thomas 32 19 3 5 0 0 6 3 3/10 1/4 12/13 0 3 26 -25
T. Thompson 26 8 10 1 0 0 1 4 4/9 0/0 0/0 3 7 19 -8
J. Smith 24 4 5 2 1 0 0 3 2/10 0/4 0/0 2 3 14 -13
K. Love 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. James 37 21 6 7 0 1 4 2 9/20 2/7 1/2 0 6 38 -13
I. Thomas 32 19 3 5 0 0 6 3 3/10 1/4 12/13 0 3 26 -25
T. Thompson 26 8 10 1 0 0 1 4 4/9 0/0 0/0 3 7 19 -8
J. Smith 24 4 5 2 1 0 0 3 2/10 0/4 0/0 2 3 14 -13
K. Love 4 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 -4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
C. Frye 21 20 6 0 0 2 1 3 6/9 4/7 4/4 0 6 27 -3
D. Wade 28 18 8 5 0 1 2 2 6/8 1/1 5/9 2 6 35 +15
K. Korver 23 10 0 3 1 1 0 3 3/7 2/6 2/2 0 0 18 +2
J. Crowder 26 8 3 1 0 0 1 1 3/8 2/5 0/0 0 3 12 -16
J. Green 11 6 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/3 1/1 1/2 0 0 6 +7
J. Calderon 2 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 0 0 +3
J. Holland - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Rose - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Shumpert - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Perrantes - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
C. Osman - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
A. Zizic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 234 114 41 24 2 5 15 22 38/84 13/35 25/32 7 34 195 -55
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Johnson 40 26 10 4 2 1 4 2 10/21 1/4 5/8 2 8 43 +10
R. Bullock 29 22 2 2 0 0 1 5 9/15 4/6 0/1 0 2 27 +12
A. Drummond 37 21 22 7 3 3 3 3 9/12 0/0 3/7 5 17 60 +18
A. Tolliver 37 20 4 4 2 1 0 3 6/9 3/6 5/5 0 4 35 +21
I. Smith 33 19 2 7 2 0 0 4 8/17 0/1 3/5 0 2 37 +12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
S. Johnson 40 26 10 4 2 1 4 2 10/21 1/4 5/8 2 8 43 +10
R. Bullock 29 22 2 2 0 0 1 5 9/15 4/6 0/1 0 2 27 +12
A. Drummond 37 21 22 7 3 3 3 3 9/12 0/0 3/7 5 17 60 +18
A. Tolliver 37 20 4 4 2 1 0 3 6/9 3/6 5/5 0 4 35 +21
I. Smith 33 19 2 7 2 0 0 4 8/17 0/1 3/5 0 2 37 +12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
D. Buycks 14 11 0 2 2 0 1 5 4/7 1/1 2/2 0 0 16 -1
L. Kennard 21 4 4 1 0 0 1 3 2/5 0/1 0/0 1 3 9 0
E. Moreland 5 2 2 0 0 0 0 2 1/1 0/0 0/0 0 2 4 -7
L. Galloway 9 0 0 1 1 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 0 3 -5
H. Ellenson 10 0 1 2 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 1 5 -5
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
W. Reed - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Griffin - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
K. Felder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Hearn - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 125 47 30 12 5 10 27 49/93 9/23 18/28 8 39 239 +55