The Cleveland Cavaliers pieced together a spirited fourth-quarter charge, ending the Detroit Pistons' winning streak at three on Tuesday night at Quickens Loan Arena, 101-100.
Antawn Jamison scored 32 points to go along with 10 rebounds, and Kyrie Irving poured in 17 of his 25 points in the fourth quarter as Cleveland erased a 17-point second-half deficit.
The Pistons, previously winners of three straight and seven out of nine, entered the game as one of the NBA's hottest teams and played like it for three quarters. They entered the fourth quarter leading 77-66, 12 minutes away from a fourth consecutive victory.
But Cleveland mounted a furious surge, taking a 86-85 lead on an Antawn Jamison three with just under six minutes remaining. The Pistons did not fold, pulling even at 95-95 on a Brandin Knight three with less than a minute remaining. But Alonzo Gee slammed home an offensive rebound with 25.4 seconds left and the Cavaliers hit all their free throws down the stretch.
Knight paced the Pistons with 24 points, Greg Monroe added 19 to go along with 11 rebounds, and Ben Gordon and Rodney Stuckey both pitched in 16 points.