By Dave Hart
Cavaliers 100, Pistons 98 – The Cleveland Cavaliers completed the four-game sweep of the Pistons in the first round of the playoffs on Sunday night.
The Cavaliers will face the winner of the Boston Celtics and Atlanta Hawks series in the second round next week.
The Pistons led 28-25 after the first quarter, trailed 53-52 at halftime and had an 81-78 disadvantage after three quarters.
Cleveland was led by Kyrie Irving with a game-high 31 points, while LeBron James added 22 points and 11 rebounds and J.R. Smith chipped in with 15 points.
Marcus Morris paced the Pistons with 24 points while Tobias Harris added 23 points and 13 rebounds. Andre Drummond chipped in with 17 points and 11 rebounds for Detroit.
1st Round: 0-4
# wins to win a NBA World Championship: 16
# wins to win an Eastern Conference Championship: 12
Eliminated from playoffs
3rd Place in Central Division (13 games behind Cleveland)
8th Place in Eastern Conference (13 games behind Cleveland)
Playoff spot clinched!
Eliminated from Central Division and Eastern Conference title contention.
Next Game: TBD (Off-season)
Stats: Marcus Morris 24 points, Tobias Harris 23 points 13 rebounds, Andre Drummond 17 points 11 rebounds, Reggie Jackson 13 points 12 assists.
Indians 6, Tigers 3 – The Tigers struggles continued on Sunday afternoon, as the Cleveland Indians completed the three-game sweep in Detroit.
Detroit has compiled 18 hits over its last four games, its worse stretch since the 2004 season.
The Indians were led by Jose Ramirez with a double and two RBIs, while Marlon Byrd added two RBIs and Tyler Naquin chipped in with a triple and an RBI.
Both teams starting pitchers left the game with injuries, Indians’ Carlos Carrasco left with a hamstring injury while Detroit’s starter Shane Greene had a blister on his pitching hand.
Cleveland scored three runs in the fourth inning to take a 3-0 lead.
The Tigers responded with two in the bottom of the fourth before the Indians added three in the fifth to take a 6-2 lead.
Nick Castellanos paced Detroit with two RBIs while Victor Martinez had a double and an RBI.
The Tigers’ starting pitcher Shane Greene took the loss, allowing one run on two hits in three plus innings.
Detroit will look to bounce back on Monday night when it starts a four-game set with the Oakland Athletics.
4th Place in AL Central Division (3.5 games behind Kansas City)
1.5 games behind Cleveland for last playoff spot
Magic # to clinch a playoff spot: 148
Magic # to clinch an AL Central Division title: 149
Next Game: 04/25/2016 vs Oakland A’s 7:10 p.m. @ Comerica Park
Hitting stats: Victor Martinez 2B (5) RBI (10), Nick Castellanos 2 RBI (10).
Pitching stats: Shane Greene L (1-2) 3 IP 2 H 1 R 1 ER 2 BB 2 K