LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers have sent a chilling warning to the NBA, specifically the defending champions Golden State Warriors, after they established their “Big Three” in Cleveland in their opening game of 2016 NBA Playoffs.
The Cavaliers, the top seed in the Eastern Conference, beat the eighth seed Detroit Pistons, 106-101 on Sunday as Cleveland’s stars LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love all had big games to give the Cavs the 1-0 lead in this best-of-seven series.
Both James and Love had double-doubles against the Pistons. LeBron 22 points, 6 rebounds, 11 assists, 2 steals and 2 blocks while Love had 28 points and 13 rebounds. Irving finished with a game-high 31 points with 6 assists and 2 steals.
Love and Irving also combined to shoot 9 of 18 from the three point line in this Eastern Conference first round match-up.
The Pistons came to play in this one after a good first half and had the 58-53 lead at halftime break. Detroit continued to put the pressure on James and the Cavs in the third and had a 78-76 lead entering the final quarter.
However, in the final half of the fourth, the Cavaliers’ defense started to get better and from an 88-88 tie, they outscored the Pistons 12-7 to grab the comfortable lead at crunchtime. The Pistons could not recover the Cavs held on to the lead and victory.
With the big games from LeBron James, Kyrie Irving and Kevin Love, the Cavaliers have sent a message early in these 2016 NBA Playoffs that a “Big Three” will be taking over for the Cavaliers in this postseason.