CLEVELAND — For a starting five with minimal postseason experience, the Detroit Pistons showed no playoff jitters against LeBron James and the top-seeded Cavaliers.
They didn’t care Cleveland was the one seed and didn’t think of themselves as an eight seed.
With the Cavs focused on stopping the Reggie Jackson-Andre Drummond pick-and-roll, the Pistons made 10-of-16 three-pointers in the first half, took a five-point lead into the third quarter and absorbed Cavs’ third-quarter push.
But the talented Cavaliers’ triumvirate — LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love — had too much offense, too much playmaking and squeezed out a 106-101 victory Sunday in Game 1 of their first-round Eastern Conference playoff series at Quicken Loans Arena.
It is difficult to beat the Cavs when James, Love and Irving combine for 81 points. After missing his first four shots, Irving finished with 31 points on 10-for-24 shooting. Love had 28 points and 13 rebounds and James had 22 points, 11 assists and six…