The Detroit Pistons lost their season opener on Monday when they visited the Indiana Pacers, but they saved plenty of disappointment for their home opener, a flat 105-89 loss to the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.
This was not the way Detroit planned starting the season, falling to 0-2 with a pair of losses to Central Division foes. One very bright spot for the Pistons however was eighth overall draft pick Brandon Knight, who scored 23 points on 10-13 shooting from the field in 28 minutes off the bench.
First overall draft pick Kyrie Irving also shook off a nervous debut by contributing 14 points and 7 assists for the Cavaliers, who improve to 1-1 with the win. The Cavaliers controlled the game throughout and finished shooting 57.1 % from the field, pulling away in a 26-20 fourth quarter.
Detroit will try again for their first win of the season when they travel to face the Boston Celtics on Friday night in a game scheduled to start at 7:30 p.m. eastern time.