Cavaliers star ruled out vs. Pistons with sore foot

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are bad without LeBron James - like, 0-wins bad - but that's not such a awful thing if you're a fan looking to score a REALLY cheap ticket last minute.

A 40-point third quarter helped it erase a 16-point halftime deficit. Blake Griffin also had 26 points while grabbing 10 boards for Detroit.

"It's good for our team, good for our morale, but we know that there's bigger mountains to climb down the road", said Casey, who was hired to coach the Pistons this past offseason.

Cleveland has struggled without James, who signed with the Los Angeles Lakers in free agency, and also is missing Love and his team-leading 19 points a game. Kyle Kuzma scored 22 points and JaVale McGee added 21.

Drummond has been an elite rebounder with 17.8 points per game (ranks first in the league) and has been particularly impactful on the offensive glass (6.0 offensive rebounds per game).

The Cavaliers were 3 of 18 on 3-point attempts Wednesday and have made 28 of 87 from behind the arc for the season.

Love will be re-evaluated before Saturday night's game in Cleveland against the Pacers.

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UP NEXTThe Celtics and Pistons square off in the second leg of their home-and-home series Tuesday night.

Detroit is averaging 116 points per game, but none of the victories have come easily. The Cavaliers cut Detroit's lead to six points at 61-55 on a Tristan Thompson layup, but Drummond and Co. led by as many as 16 in the quarter and held a 12-point edge at the start of the fourth.

Nikola Jokic scored 24 points for the Nuggets, who were off to their best start since the 2009-10 season.

Power forward Jayson Tatum topped the scoring with 24 points while Paul George contributed 22 points for the Thunder, but shot just seven of 22.

The Celtics hit nine 3-pointers in the third quarter after failing to make one in the first half.

Russell Westbrook had 13 points, 15 rebounds and eight assists, though only landed five for 20.

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