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Pistons 89, Cavaliers 73

February 25, 1999

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. _ Joe Dumars scored 21 of his game-high 26 points in the second half to help the Detroit Pistons to a 89-73 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Wednesday night.

Detroit has now won three of four after a five-game losing streak. The Cavaliers have lost two in a row after a five-game winning streak.

Dumars now has 42 points in two games since returning to the Detroit lineup after a hamstring injury. Bison Dele and Lindsey Hunter added 13 each for the Pistons, while Shawn Kemp led Cleveland with 24 points and 11 rebounds.

Cleveland led 42-39 at the half, but Detroit quickly took the lead with an 8-0 run. Dumars had two baskets and a steal in the surge.

The Cavaliers went back ahead, but Dumars answered with three 3-pointers, including a four-point play, to put Detroit ahead 60-50.

Cleveland only managed 12 points in the period, but trailed 63-54 entering the fourth quarter.

Detroit’s defense continued to sparkle, though, holding the Cavaliers without a field goal for the first three minutes of the fourth.

Cleveland cut the lead to 68-60 with seven minutes left, but Hunter iced the game with a 3-pointer as the 24-second shot clock expired.

Notes: Detroit Eric Montross, not known for his shooting prowess, shot an air-ball on a free throw in the second quarter. ... Bison Dele played 28 minutes despite a case of the flu that made him leave courtside for parts of each half. At one point, he was forced to race off the court during a stoppage in play. Referee Ronnie Nunn told Pistons coach Alvin Gentry that Dele would have to return to the game, but Gentry could only reply he didn’t even know where Dele had gone. ... Cleveland’s Wesley Person (elbow) did not make the trip to Detroit.