AUBURN HILLS: With his team down by four and less than 3 minutes to play, Andre Drummond was fouled intentionally. It’s a strategy opposing teams will keep employing as long as the Detroit big man is making about 40 percent of his free throws.

Drummond had 25 points and 18 rebounds and made some crucial free throws down the stretch, helping the Pistons rally to a 104-99 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Tuesday night.

LeBron James scored 23 of his 30 points in the first half for the Cavs.

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Drummond’s free throw with 2:07 left gave the Pistons a 98-97 advantage. It was 102-99 with 13.8 seconds remaining after Reggie Jackson made two free throws for Detroit. J.R. Smith then missed a contested 3-pointer from near the top of the key.

Jackson had 23 points and 12 assists for the Pistons, and Ersan Ilyasova added 20 points.

Detroit snapped a four-game losing streak. The Cavs lost their second straight after winning eight in a row.

The Cavs led 97-93 when they started intentionally fouling Drummond. He made two free throws with 2:58 remaining, and after the Pistons tied it on a basket by Jackson, Cleveland fouled Drummond again. This time he made one of two free throws.

Down by one, James passed out of a double team to Kevin Love, who missed from the corner before the Pistons turned the ball over. Then James, doubled again, threw the ball away with 48.8 seconds remaining.

Jackson missed a floater, but Cleveland’s Timofey Mozgov missed from the baseline and the Cavaliers had to foul. Jackson made two free throws with 21.3 seconds remaining.

James answered with a driving layup, but Jackson was fouled again and pushed the lead back to three.

                                                                       

Quarter by quarter  

                                                                       Q1       Q2       Q3       Q4       FINAL SCORE

Cleveland Cavaliers   Cleveland Cavaliers         27         29         25         18         99

     Detroit Pistons       Detroit Pistons                31         24         20         29         104

 

 Warriors improve to 12-0 with 115-110 win over Raptors    

OAKLAND: Stephen Curry scored 37 points to lead the defending champion Golden State Warriors to their 12th straight win to open the season, a hard-fought 115-110 victory over the Toronto Raptors on Tuesday night.

Klay Thompson added 19 and Andrew Bogut scored 13 for the Warriors, who are off to the best start since Dallas won the first 14 games in 2002-03. Golden State needs just three more wins to equal the NBA record of 15-0 held by the 1948-49 Washington Capitols and the 1993-94 Houston Rockets.

It didn’t come easy as Toronto fought back from an 18-point deficit and trailed by just one late in the game with the ball. But Kyle Lowry was called for an offensive foul and Curry hit two free throws to help seal the win.

Lowry and DeMar DeRozan scored 28 points apiece for the Raptors, who have lost five of seven following a 5-0 start.

                        

                        Quarter by quarter                                        

                                                                  Q1       Q2       Q3       Q4       FINAL SCORE

Golden State Warriors Golden State Warriors      29         34         27         27         115

  Toronto Raptors       Toronto Raptors             25         22         36         25         110

 

Results: Washington Wizards 115 beat Milwaukee Bucks 86, Brooklyn Nets 90 beat Atlanta Hawks 88, Detroit Pistons 104 beat Cleveland Cavaliers 99, Minnesota Timberwolves 103 beat Miami Hawk 91, New York Knicks 102 beat Charlotte Hornets 94, Denver Nuggets 115 beat New Orleans Pelicans 98, Golden State Warrior 115 beat Toronto Raptors 110.

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