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Cavs-Pistons: Cleveland Wins Series Opener 102-84

Chris GrinsteadCorrespondent IApril 19, 2009

The Cleveland Cavs had no trouble with the Detroit Pistons tonight, making this veteran Detroit squad look more like a Girl Scout troop than a professional basketball team.

They were able to move the ball all over the Pistons defense, with the only struggles coming for a minor stretch when LeBron was out of the game.

Every NBA fan who is not a Cavs fan is right now saying calm down Cleveland, the Pistons looked like crap out there, the Pistons didn't do this like they normally do, etc.

Well, Cleveland, I would start to party even with all of these naysayers rampant across America. LBJ will not stop until he has a title ring on his finger, I can assure you of that much.

Tonight's win was good proof of this as James dropped 38 points with eight rebounds and seven assists. LeBron will carry the entire team on his back to win a title if he has to. The thing is he doesn't have to.

The Cavs struggled when LeBron was out, but they also got 12 points apiece out of Zydrunas Ilgauskas, Delonte West, and Mo Williams. Joe Smith also came off the bench to score 13 for the Cavs in this first round Eastern Conference matchup.

The moral of this story is that the Cavs threw together an impressive win tonight against a struggling Pistons team, and they have taken a 1-0 series lead.

They will play at the Quicken Loans Arena again on Tuesday and then travel to the Palace of Auburn Hills for two games at Detroit.

The Cavaliers may not have locked up the series yet but they took a huge first step tonight towards that ultimate goal: an NBA Championship.

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