Detroit Pistons’ closing out problems strike again in loss to Cleveland Cavaliers

Detroit Pistons’ closing out problems strike again in loss to Cleveland Cavaliers

Detroit — In the season opener, the Pistons let a late lead get away in a loss to the Washington Wizards.

They did it again in the home opener.

Not once, but twice.

Delon Wright shoots over the Cavaliers' JaVale McGee in the second quarter.

The Pistons squandered an eight-point lead in the final four minutes of regulation and a nine-point lead in the first overtime, letting the Cleveland Cavaliers claw back into the game time and time again.

In the second overtime, the Pistons fell into a deficit and couldn’t climb out, taking a deflating, 128-119 loss to the Cavs on Saturday night in the first regular-season game at Little Caesars Arena since the start of the pandemic in March.

BOX SCORE: Cavaliers 128, Pistons 119, 2OT

Jerami Grant had 28 points and 10 rebounds, Blake Griffin 26 points — on 8-of-16 from 3-point range — and Delon Wright 19 points for the Pistons (0-2).

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