LeBron James leads Cleveland Cavaliers with 52nd double-triple of career

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LeBron James remained on his triple-double craze and helped lead the Cleveland Cavaliers to an easy 128-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night. Andre Drummond had 8 points and 14 rebounds.

"I don't think he was starting to press", Lue said.

ABOUT THE PISTONS (33-33): Forward Tobias Harris scored a season-best 28 points in Saturday's 112-92 trouncing of the New York Knicks and scored 20 or more points in three of the past five games.

Six of the seven Cavaliers who took more than one 3-pointer shot at least 50 percent from 3-point range for the game. The franchise record is 880, set last season.

Lue said he sent a ball boy to check with Griffin before putting Sanders in. Certainly nothing in Wednesday's performance, where he picked up two fouls and missed his only shot attempt in the game's final two minutes, suggested Sanders would be able to contribute right away.

Tyronn Lue noted after the game that it was nice to allow the starters to get a fourth quarter off for a change. Portland won five of its last six games, but shot 30.3 percent and finished far below their 108.6 points per game average. "Guarding the 3-point line, we understand how much of a weapon that can be". Fortunately for the Cavaliers, they are a dominant team at home (26-7) and can get ridiculously hot from 3-point range. Kevin Love may soon return to the floor.

James said he was surprised to see Irving in his path. "We had bodies moving". Playing with these guys, it's a great group of guys, a great organization. "A lot of times the comeback stories are harder than our initial journeys to the league".

Kyrie Irving credited that hot start after the win, but didn't feel that the week leading up it was an entirely negative experience.

"When you get a guy like that who's a veteran, been around this league, and he wants to go to the D-League to try and find his rhythm and get his game back, that's big for us", Lue said. The last time they shot that well from 3-point range was a little less than a month after that - on January 14, 2014 against the Lakers, when they shot 76.5 percent (13-of-17).

The Cavaliers were just 6-6 since losing Love before playing the Pistons.

Cleveland star LeBron James said at the weekend Sanders would be welcome at the Cavs. "We need to just work through where we are today and what we can expect".

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