DETROIT (AP) – Cade Cunningham has made four free throws in the last 46 seconds to lead the Detroit Pistons to victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers 106-103 on Thursday night in the return of teams from the All-Star Break.
Laura Markanen shared two free throws to bring the Cavaliers 103-102 to 1:01 before Cunningham made a pair to bring Detroit back ahead.
Jarrett Allen turned the ball over, and Cunningham made two more free throws, making the score 106-103 28.3 seconds before the end.
Cleveland received three 3-point shots in the final possession, including a wide-open Brendan Goodwin looked at the beep that exploded from the rim.
Hamid Diallo led Detroit with 21 points and Cunningham added 17.
Markanen scored 12 of his 22 points in the fourth quarter, and Goodwin added 15 for Cleveland.
The Cavaliers did not have guards Darius Garland (back) and Karis Levert (leg), but returned Marconen (ankles) after 11 games.
In the first half, the Cavaliers threatened to withdraw, but missed eight penalties on the way to a 55-52 advantage. Detroit took the lead early in the third, but the Cavaliers returned with a 11-2 run to force Pistons coach Dwayne Casey to time out.
Three-pointer Jeremy Grant finished the series 10-1 to start the fourth quarter, giving Detroit a 90-83 lead of 9:12. Cavaliers coach J. B. Bickerstaff announced a time-out after the Pistons surpassed the lead by eight points, but three-pointer Rodney McGruder made the game with 11 points.
Marcanen’s build-up in the fourth quarter helped Cleveland reduce the deficit to 102-99 at 2:34, and after Mobly’s block Isaac Akara leveled the score at 3 points.
Cavaliers: Cleveland has announced plans to open a year-round bookmaker fund at Rocket Mortgage FieldHouse. The team has announced a multi-year partnership with Caesars Entertainment to run the 10,000-foot gambling establishment, which is scheduled to open later this year.
Pistons: McGruder made four strokes, all 3 points, and did everything, giving him 12 points in 16 minutes.
Cavaliers: Take the Washington Wizards on Saturday.
Pistons: The Boston Celtics host Saturday.