Cleveland Cavaliers knock down 20 three-pointers to beat Detroit Pistons, take 2-0 series lead
Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love (0) drives past Detroit Pistons' Tobias Harris (34). (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

CLEVELAND, Ohio -- The Cleveland Cavaliers tied the National Basketball Association single-game playoff three-point record with 20 triples to help defeat the Detroit Pistons in Game 2 at Quicken Loans Arena, 107-90. With the win, Cleveland holds a 2-0 series lead in the first round of the 2016 NBA Playoffs

The Pistons jumped out to a quick 15-7 lead by shooting 6-of-11 from the floor. With 6:46 left in the first quarter, LeBron James was scoreless and Tristan Thompson was on the bench with two fouls. The lead for Detroit increased to 26-17 with 1:53 left in the quarter as Stanley Johnson, a rookie, scored a three-pointer to prompt the Cavaliers to call a timeout.

Stanley Johnson #3 of the Detroit Pistons looks on during the fourth quarter at TD Garden on January 6, 2016 in Boston, Massachusetts. The Pistons defeat the Celtics 99-94. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Jan. 5, 2016 - Source: Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America)

 Stanley Johnson #3 of the Detroit Pistons looks on during the fourth quarter. (Maddie Meyer/Getty Images North America)

J.R. Smith answered the calling for Cleveland and kept them in the game as he hit back-to-back triples to end the first quarter. The Pistons, however, owned a 28-23 edge. 

Cleveland started the second quarter with a 5-0 run on a dunk by James and a three-pointer by Richard Jefferson. The two squads traded baskets for awhile, but Detroit eventually took a 46-45 lead with 2:51 left in the first half off a bucket by Andre Drummond, who had six of the last eight points for his team at that point in the game. 

Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond, left, shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love in the first half in Game 2 of a first-round NBA basketball playoff series, Wednesday, April 20, 2016, in Cleveland. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)
Detroit Pistons' Andre Drummond, left, shoots over Cleveland Cavaliers' Kevin Love. (AP Photo/Tony Dejak)

After a missed three, James got the rebound and put the ball through the net to give the Cavaliers a 55-53 lead over the Pistons at halftime. Cleveland were shooting 11-of-20 from three and got 16 points from James, 15 points from Smith and 13 points from Kryie Irving

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope hit a triple and Drummond added a left hook to put the Pistons ahead 60-55 with 10:23 left in the third quarter. The game was headed in favor of Detroit, but then Cleveland started to pull away on its home floor. 

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives Reggie Jackson #1 of the Detroit Pistons during the second quarter of the NBA Eastern Conference Quarterfinals at Quicken Loans Arena on April 17, 2016 in Cleveland, Ohio. The Cavaliers defeated the Pistons 106-101. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (April 16, 2016 - Source: Jason Miller/Getty Images North America)

LeBron James #23 of the Cleveland Cavaliers drives on Reggie Jackson #1 of the Detroit Pistons. (Jason Miller/Getty Images North America)

The Cavaliers took a 71-62 lead with 4:47 left in the third quarter after a huge 16-2 run that saw the Pistons miss six straight shots and the Cavaliers knock down four three-pointers during the stretch. Cleveland set a franchise record with 17 three-point jumpers to end the third quarter with an 82-68 lead. 

Channing Frye hit the 18th three-pointer, Kevin Love hit the 19th three-pointer and Jordan McRae knocked down a 25-foot triple for the 20th of the game for the Cavaliers to tie an NBA playoff record. Cleveland had no trouble finishing off the game and securing a 107-90 victory over Detroit. 

James led the way for the Cavaliers with 27 points, six rebounds and three assists, while Smith added 21 points -- all three-pointers -- on Wednesday night. Irving assisted on four scores while knocking down 22 points. Marcus Morris and Tobias Harris combined for a terrible 5-of-21 from the field for the Pistons. Meanwhile, Drummond scored a team-high 20 points and pulled down seven boards in the losing effort. 

Up Next

After a third quarter meltdown, the Pistons sit in a 2-0 series deficit against the Cavaliers. Detroit will return to The Palace of Auburn Hills for Game 3 on Friday at 7:00 PM ET. 

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