Pistons beat Cavs 89-79 for 5th straight home win

Published on NewsOK Modified: December 3, 2012 at 10:22 pm •  Published: December 3, 2012
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Maxiell, who is listed at 6-foot-7, had 12 points, six rebounds and five blocks.

"He may be 6-5, 6-6. He calls himself 6-8, but he plays like he's 7 feet," Drummond said. "He plays as hard as he can every single play."

A dunk by Maxiell put the Pistons ahead 14-4, and it was 30-17 after the first quarter.

Rodney Stuckey's layup off a nice pass from Knight made it 49-27, and although Cleveland chipped away at the deficit, Stuckey's floater to end the third quarter made it 75-63.

In the fourth, Drummond grabbed an offensive rebound, flipped a pass to Charlie Villanueva for a dunk and then skipped gleefully back down the court.

The Cavs cut it to six on two free throws by Varejao with 1:54 remaining, but they didn't score again.

"In the second half we did not fold when we had a chance to," Scott said. "We kept fighting but we just did not have enough offensive firepower to get the job done."

Varejao has nine straight double-doubles and at least 15 rebounds in each of those games. Cleveland had 33 second-chance points in Saturday's 118-117 loss to Portland, but only 14 against the Pistons.

Varejao was in the locker room after the game, but reporters were not permitted to approach him.

Greg Monroe had nine points and 14 rebounds for Detroit.

"Letting teams know it's going to be tough to get a win at the Palace — that's the type of mentality we want to have," Knight said. "We also want to take that mentality with us on the road."

NOTES: Maxiell surpassed 2,000 rebounds for his career. He's now at 2,001. ... Jeremy Pargo, Omri Casspi and Tristan Thompson had 10 points each for the Cavs.