DETROIT, MI -- Cleveland rookie point guard Darius Garland ended the third quarter scoring 8 consecutive points to trim the Pistons lead down to two points. The Cavaliers forced Derrick Rose into a three pointer at the end of regulation, as he missed it off the front of the rim. Cedi Osman found Kevin Love for a go-ahead three-pointer with just 37.9 seconds remaining in overtime, before knocking off the Pistons by the final score of 115-112 as the Cavaliers snap a five-game losing skid to begin their six-game road trip.
The Cavaliers rallied from a 13-point deficit in the third quarter and outlasted the pesky Pistons the rest of the way to get back into the winning column. Tristan Thompson played arguably the greatest game of his career, netting a career-high 35 points and pulling in 14 rebounds, as he battled with Andre Drummond for the entirety of the game. Darius Garland continues to improve from game to game, and he looked confident en route to a 20 point ballgame. Five Cavaliers finished the game in double figures, as the offense was hitting on all cylinders.
Andre Drummond was a force to be reckoned with, as he put up his second consecutive 20-20 game against the Cavs. Drummond finished the game with a remarkable statline of 28 points and 23 rebounds in 49 minutes of play. Derrick Rose, who is averaging around 17 points per game off the bench, lit up the Cavs for 27 points, 7 boards, and 5 assists.
Cleveland will continue their long road trip on Saturday in Denver. Tip-off between the Nuggets and Cavaliers is set for 9:00 pm ET on Saturday evening at the Pepsi Center in Denver, Colorado. Check out highlights from Thursday's victory below!