The Cavaliers continued their struggles in March as they saw a lead evaporate and lost 106-101 to the Detroit Pistons on the road. The Cavs drop to 42-21, while Detroit improves to 32-33. The Cavs are just 6-4 in their last 10 games and have lost two in a row.
The Cavs led, 80-73 after three quarters, but the Pistons used a 13-0 run to start the fourth quarter to propel them to the win.
LeBron James had his eighth triple-double of the season with 29 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists, but it was not enough. Kyrie Irving scored 27 points. Channing Frye added 15 points.
J.R. Returns: J.R. Smith returned to the lineup after missing 36 games after thumb surgery. Smith made just 1-of-8 from three-point range and finished with three points in 19:09 minutes of play.
Triple-Double: LeBron James had his eighth triple-double of the season and his 50th career triple-double. James had 29 points, 13 rebounds and 10 assists.
Channing Sparks: Channing Frye helped turn a 10-point deficit into a seven-point lead in the third quarter as he hit four three's. Frye finished with 15 points and nine rebounds.
Poor from Distance: The Cavs shot just 28.2 percent from three-point range. Channing Frye hit 5-of-7, but other than Frye, most were off from behind the arc. J.R. Smith was just 1-of-8, LeBron James was 0-of-6 and Kyrie Irving just 1-of-5.
Helping Out: The Cavs had 24 assists, while turning the ball over just nine times. LeBron James led with 10 assists.
No Korver: Kyle Korver sat out with knee soreness.
Next Up: The Cavs will play the second of a three-game road trip against Orlando on Saturday night at 7 pm.