Cavs rout Pistons 122-100, fall short of playoffs

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Maybe the backcourt mates patching up their differences rubbed off on the rest of the Cavs, as Brown spent most of the game sitting as opposed to standing and yelling.

The Cavs had 14 assists on 14 field goals in the first quarter, which ended with them up 31-18. They were nearly as efficient in the second quarter, outscoring the Pistons 38-19 on the way to a 69-37 halftime lead.

“This is the way we want to play most of the time,” said Brown, who tied Bill Fitch for the second-most wins in franchise history. “It felt pretty good.”

Following the game, Atlanta’s game was on the locker room TV as Irving waited to speak with reporters. The season didn’t go as planned, but there’s nothing more he can do.

“As a man and as a competitor, you’ve got to suck it up,” he said. “This is my third year. Obviously, things didn’t go in a perfect way. But there’s no perfect season. For me, it’s just about continuing to grow and finish the season strong.”

NOTES: Brown and Fitch have 304 wins, 12 behind Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens. … Irving is “proud” of friend and former high school teammate Derrick Gordon for coming “out” as the first openly gay player in Division I. “He’s a strong person. I think the way he did it is a true test of his character and it’s big time,” Irving said. “I’m happy for him.” Irving said he would not have any issue with a gay teammate. “To see guys in sports coming out now is part of life,” he said. “I’m not a judgmental guy, not one bit. But I’m proud of Derrick and I’m proud of Jason Collins. It’s a big step for everybody and every generation.” … Detroit has come to Cleveland with a different coach in each of its past three visits: Lawrence Frank last year, Maurice Cheeks earlier this season and now Loyer.

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