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PISTONS IN FREE-FALL AS GORDON GETS HURT.....Cleveland 98, PISTONS 88, W 11/25/09
Posted on: 11-25-2009

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>>caption:  KING JAMES DUNKS AT THE PALACE<<

@ PALACE OF AUBURN HILLS:

    The odds were against the Pistons snapping
their 5-game losing skid Wednesday night when
they entertained LeBron James and the Cleveland
Cavaliers.
    Detroit didn't get the upset and the slide is now
six straight. LeBron had game-highs of 34-P and
7-A and also grabbed a team-high 8-RB to lead the
Cavs past the Pistons 98-88.  
    King James scored a dozen in the 1st-Qtr as
Cleveland took a 28-19 lead. The Cavaliers expanded
that margin to 60-42 by halftime and coasted after
intermission.
    Detroit made a late run to get as close as 5-P at
93-88 with 1:13 to play when unlikely candidate Ben Wallace made a free throw.
    With Piston starters Richard Hamilton (ankle) and Tayshaun Prince (back)
already mossing almost the entire season so far, the Detroit injury list got longer
on Thanksgiving eve. Prized off-season free agent signee Ben Gordon sprained
his left ankle in the 2nd-Qtr and did not return. The severity of Gordon's injury is
not yet known.
    Supporting James' efforts were Mo Williams with 14-P and Daniel Gibson &
Anthony Parker, who each had 13-P.
    Rodney Stuckey topped Detroit with 25-P and Charlie Villanueva added 19-P.
Reserve Jason Maxiell had 10-P. Gordon and top draft choice Austin Daye potted 9-P
each. Wallace scored 8-P with a game-high 9-RB.
    The Cavaliers have won 8-of-9 to go to 11-4 on the season. The Pistons fell to
5-10.
   
QUOTEBOOK...

PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER:   "I thought that the first half we allowed them to
feel too comfortable...they brought the ball up and there was no pressure, we were
just trying to get bodies-on-bodies. I wasn’t happy with our offensive execution...
They are a well-coached and outstanding basketball team, but we have to make sure
that we don’t dig ourselves a hole like that...Thank God for Ben [Wallace]. He's been
such a bright spot...This is when [rookies] Jonas [Jarebko], DaJuan [Summers] and
Austin [Daye] find out this isn't the summer league."

PISTONS FWD CHARLIE VILLANUEVA:   "They played with an attitude and a lot harder
than us in the first half...You got to play 48 minutes of basketball to win, especially us
being shorthanded our mistakes have to be limited...It seems like injuries have been
playing a factor throughout this whole season for us. We can't get a break. Hopefully
it's not that bad of a sprain [for Gordon]. Hopefully he can recover quick but I don't know
how serious the injury is."

CAVS FWD LeBRON JAMES:   "We could have executed better. We made some tough shots
at the end when they got close but it’s always good to get tested now and again and that’s
exactly what it was tonight...Every shot I took tonight felt good - especially in the fourth
quarter. I love being on that end on the road when they’re all screaming and I can quiet
them down."

CAVS H-COACH MIKE BROWN:   "LeBron closes games for us by attacking the basket,
and that's what he did. They were physical with him and he didn't get all the calls,
but he kept attacking...Bron was Bron. His numbers are amazing, but remarkable
thing is that it looks so easy for him."

OVERTIME:

    Cavaliers CEN Shaquille O'Neal missed his sixth consecutive game with a shoulder
injury. Shaq insists he will play in Cleveland's next game Friday night at Charlotte.
    The Pistons play the middle game of a 3-game homestand Friday night by hosting
the LA Clippers.

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