DETROIT — Frank Jackson scored 20 points, including a tiebreaking baseline drive in the final minute, lifting the Detroit Pistons to a 109-105 victory over the Cleveland Cavaliers on Monday.
Jackson was fouled on his basket with 29 seconds left. He missed the free throw but the Cavaliers couldn't secure the rebound. Josh Jackson grabbed it and then scored to go up 107-103 with 16.5 seconds remaining, giving the Cavaliers their fifth loss in six games.
Collin Sexton scored 28 points and Darius Garland added 23 for the Cavaliers. The backcourt scored the final 20 points for Cleveland, which is fading in the race for the play-in tournament in the Eastern Conference.
The Cavs fell behind early, spotting Detroit a 32-9 lead. They whittled the halftime deficit to 62-53.
Cleveland had the deficit down to two until Frank Jackson scored the last six points in the third quarter to put Detroit up 84-76.
The Cavaliers scored the first six points of the fourth and finally took their first lead on Garland's 3-pointer with 6:19 remaining, going up 92-90.
Kevin Love scored 15 points for Cleveland, while Isaiah Hartenstein added 13 and Taurean Prince had 11. Larry Nance Jr. was out for personal reasons, and coach J.B. Bickerstaff said he had nothing to add to that before the game. Nance missed seven games recently before returning for the last three.
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