Kennard leads Pistons in rout of Cavs

Luke Kennard had 26 points, including a career-best six 3-pointers, and the visiting Detroit Pistons opened up a 33-point halftime lead en route to pounding the depleted Cleveland Cavaliers 129-93 on Saturday.Kennard, a second-year swingman, was two points shy of his career high.Reggie Jackson had 24 points for Detroit, which has won eight of its last 10, including four of its five outings since the All-Star break. Wayne Ellington supplied 15 points, Blake Griffin contributed 14 points, seven rebounds and nine assists and Andre Drummond added 13 points and 10 rebounds. Ish Smith chipped in 11 points.Cleveland was led by rookie Collin Sexton, who had 16 points. Jordan Clarkson and Larry Nance Jr. added 11 points apiece, while Cedi Osman and Brandon Knight each scored 10.The Cavaliers were missing star forward Kevin Love (rest) and centers Tristan Thompson (foot) and Ante Zizic (concussion).The Pistons were in control from the opening tap. They scored a season-high 42 points in the first quarter to gain a 19-point lead. Detroit shot 69 percent from the field in the first 12 minutes.Its lead was 33 points at 71-38 by halftime. Kennard pushed Detroit’s lead past 20 with a 3-pointer early in the second quarter. He made a three later in the quarter for a 30-point advantage at 61-31.

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