Cedi Osman headed to the bench as the Cavs host the Pistons

Cedi Osman headed to the bench as the Cavs host the Pistons

Cedi Osman headed to the bench as the Cavs host the Pistons

LeBron James (hint, HE's the anchor) poured in 31 points to go with seven rebounds and seven assists in 29 minutes. "I've sat out some fourth quarters, but". We've got all the scores, highlights and updates from all the night's games.Let's get going.National Basketball Association scores for Monday, March 5All times EasternLeBron, Nance have huge gamesThe Cavs looked for a boost by adding Larry Nance Jr.to the starting lineup, and boy did it work.

Entering the Detroit game, Larry Nance Jr. has season averages of 8.8 points and 6.7 rebounds on 22.0 minutes per contest.

Nance said he hyperextended his knee in the second half against the Nuggets but didn't think it would keep him out.

"I didn't care if I had zero rebounds", Nance said. “He never shot it in L.A. But coming here, just watching him shoot, he has 3-point range also, which I didnt know.

Lue could use rookie Ante Zizic, who has played sparingly for Cleveland, which acquired him as part of the summer trade with Boston for Kyrie Irving. Small sample size (nine games), but the 11.3 points and 7.6 boards would be career highs.Monday was just the 47th start out of 177 career games over three seasons for Nance, who is 25. "That's why he's great".

Per the Cavs, Thompson is expected to be out "multiple" games, which is something that Cavs fans doesn't want to hear now that their team is in the home stretch of the season. Hood tossed in 13 points, while Osman added 12 points off the bench.

"We did it by committee", James said. He will now "undergo a period of treatment and rehabilitation" before returning.

Five weeks ago to the day, the Detroit Pistons acquired Blake Griffin; the following night, the team rolled Cleveland 125-114 without their new forward in the lineup.

Nance, meanwhile, hit a number of midrange jumpers while adding an array of spectacular dunks.

"Every team needs guys that help the locker room and I think every team needs guys that say, 'What do you need from me?"

"They had it going tonight offensively, so we just tried to throw everything at them", Cavs coach Tyronn Lue said. "Whatever it was, I just wasn't that comfortable shooting them in L.A". But the hope is he'll do that more playing with James on the first unit.Hood explained the difference for him playing on the Cavs than when he was with the Utah Jazz, which traded him here February 8."For me personally it's just two completely different styles of play than I've played the last three and a half years in Utah", Hood said.

Nance and James carried the Cavs to a 54-49 halftime lead, combining for 34 points and 15 rebounds.

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