CLEVELAND (AP) â?? Dion Waiters scored 22 points as the Cleveland Cavaliers, their playoff hopes hanging by a thread, routed the Detroit Pistons 122-100 on Wednesday night.
Tyler Zeller scored 18 and rookie Matthew Dellavedova had 14 points and 12 assists for Cleveland, which entered the night trailing Atlanta by 3½ games for the eighth spot in the Eastern Conference.
As the Hawks were hosting Boston, the Cavs played with passion and purpose â?? two things missing too often earlier this season.
Spencer Hawes added 15 points for the Cavs, who led by 32 at half and rolled to one of their best all-around performances in what has been an otherwise disappointing season.
Brandon Jennings scored 17 after missing his first 10 shots for the Pistons.
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