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Cavaliers vs. Pistons, NBA playoff results 2016: Cleveland puts away pesky Detroit squad to complete sweep

The Cavaliers beat the Pistons 100-98 to advance to the second round of the playoffs.

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The Cleveland Cavaliers are moving on. They beat the Detroit Pistons 100-98 to win Game 4 in Detroit on Sunday. They swept the Pistons 4-0 to advance to the second round of the playoffs, where they'll face the winner of the Atlanta Hawks and the Boston Celtics.

Kyrie Irving had 31 points, and LeBron James had 22 points, 11 rebounds and six assists as the Cavaliers held on thanks to a Reggie Jackson miss as time expired.

The Pistons, as they've done all series, played the Cavaliers tough, but it once again wasn't enough against a superior team. They were only down 53-52 at the half and 81-78 through three quarters, but couldn't hang down the stretch.

Detroit kept it close — they trailed by only four with less than 2:00 to play and a Kentavious Caldwell-Pope made it a 97-96 Cavaliers lead with just over a minute to play — but an Irving dagger from 25 feet with 42 seconds left put an end to the series.

Jackson had a chance to win it with the clock winding down, but missed a wild runner from the top of the key as he tried to draw a foul on Irving.

Here are three things we learned:

It's LeBron James' team, but Kyrie Irving's shooting is on another level

Irving had 31 points on 12-of-25 shooting to lead the Cavaliers. It was another big night for the Cleveland's Big Three as James was his usual spectacular self and Kevin Love added 11 points and 13 rebounds. Irving stole the show, however, with one of his special offensive outings. When he's hitting shots the way he was against the Pistons, there isn't much a defense can do — especially when he's hitting from beyond half court.

Irving didn't make it through the playoffs last year, but he's looking prime and ready to be an important part of the run this postseason.

Don't feel bad for the Pistons

Sure, Detroit was the eight seed in the East, and sure they got swept, but the future is bright in Detroit. At 26, Reggie Jackson and Marcus Morris are the two oldest players in Detroit's starting five. Andre Drummond is only 22, Tobias Harris is 23 and Caldwell-Pope is 22. Add in a 19-year-old Stanley Johnson, and the Pistons are primed for the future. With Stan Van Gundy at the helm, the Pistons are ready to make a run in the NBA — but not yet.

Everything is coming up roses for the Cavaliers

It was a good Sunday for Cleveland fans. Not only did they take care of the Pistons in Game 4, but their future opponents hit some rough spots, too. The Cavaliers will get the winner of the Atlanta Hawks-Boston Celtics series, and that one is going at least six games after the Celtics beat the Hawks in overtime on Sunday. The Cavaliers were going to be big favorites anyway, but add in that these teams are beating each other up, and the Cavaliers should be able to coast through the second round, too.

On top of all that, Stephen Curry is injured again, and the fate of the Warriors hangs in the balance. No matter who comes out of the West — especially the San Antonio Spurs — is going to be a major challenge for the Cavaliers. Not having to face the best regular season team in NBA history, however, is a definite plus.

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