CLEVELAND – Guard Kyrie Irving did a majority of Cleveland’s scoring in the first quarter with 13 points. Forward LeBron James and guard J.R. Smith handled the scoring load in the second quarter with 14 and nine points. Irving, James, and Smith combined for 21 points in the third quarter, and Cleveland’s bench contributed with scoring and defense in the fourth quarter.
Add it up, and the Cavaliers defeated the Detroit Pistons 107-90 on Wednesday and took a 2-0 lead in their first-round series. Game 3 is Friday (7 p.m. ET, ESPN) at Detroit.
The Cavaliers shot 52.6% on three-pointers and made 20 three-pointers, tying the NBA’s playoff record for most threes in a game. The record is shared by four teams, including last season’s Golden State Warriors.
“I don’t care if you’re left by yourself, 20 of 38 is pretty good three-point shooting,” Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy said. “You have to give them a lot of credit for that. But I didn’t think our closeouts were good, and I didn’t think we did a very good job of finding…