January 1st - ~ Detroit News ~ New Year's Eve bashed: Pistons dealt fourth loss Detroit shoots only 35.8 percent against Cleveland as nine-game winning streak ends. By JoAnne C. Gerstner This news just in: The Pistons aren't going to win every game this season. The Pistons showed they are human on Saturday, losing to the Cavaliers 97-84 at Quicken Loans Arena in the New Year's Eve matinee. The Cavaliers seemingly couldn't do anything wrong, and the Pistons were unable to connect on wide-open shots. The tone was set in the second quarter, as normally sharp-shooting Chauncey Billups, Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince missed open shots in a span of a minute. Prince, Billups struggle Their poor shooting from field -- 4-for-23 Combine -- hinders the Pistons' chances By JoAnne C. Gerstner Hard to say what's more frustrating for the Pistons: having no open looks or having wide-open shots and missing them. Rip Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince studied the box score after Saturday afternoon's 97-84 loss to the Cavaliers, muttering to themselves about all the shots they missed. Prince, especially, had a tough game, shooting 2-for-12 from the field with only four points. He all but disappeared in the second half, attempting and missing two shots. Behind the scenes: Vartan Kupelian and Mike O'Hara Hey, flip, keep making Joe D. look good in 2006 We celebrate the annual ritual of resolution-making with a few suggestions of our own for sports figures to live by in 2006: Flip Saunders, Pistons coach:To keep doing exactly what he has because he's proving, again, the wisdom of Joe Dumars as well as his own ability. ~ Booth Newspapers ~ Pistons end year on losing note By A. Sherrod Blakely It looks like the LeBron James show isn't a one-man act after all. James was as good as ever against the Detroit Pistons, but several contributions by his teammates helped Cleveland defeat Detroit, 97-84. The 6-foot-8 James led all scorers with 30 points, but four other Cavaliers reached double figures as Cleveland (18-10) snapped Detroit's season-high nine game winning streak and extended its victory streak against the Pistons at home to three. ~ Akron Beacon Journal ~ Cavs cool down Pistons James scores 30 points, gets plenty of help to beat NBA's best team at its own game By Brian Windhorst It was debatable which was more impressive, the way the Cavaliers played against the mighty Detroit Pistons or the way they handled themselves doing it. In front of a high-energy sellout crowd, the Cavs played in high gear from start to finish Saturday in a noble 97-84 victory. It ended the Pistons' nine-game winning streak and allowed the Cavs to pick up a game in the standings. Yet, the Cavs (18-10), winners of seven of their past eight games, skipped a golden chance to bask in it. It was a mirror image of the style that worked on the court, too. LeBron James and Larry Hughes outworked the Pistons' (24-4) super wings, Richard Hamilton and Tayshaun Prince. Drew Gooden and Zydrunas Ilgauskas scrapped and battled Detroit's dominant and gritty front line of Ben Wallace and Rasheed Wallace. And Eric Snow reduced Chauncey Billups to being insignificant. In other words, the Cavs systematically neutralized a team off to one of the best starts in NBA history, and they did it without fanfare. Cavs prove they're on right track By Terry Pluto If you love pro basketball at its best, this game was for you. At least, if you're a Cavaliers fan. You saw your team not just beat the Detroit Pistons 97-84 on Saturday at Quicken Loans Arena, but beat them at their own game -- never easy, as these Pistons had won nine in a row and now have a 24-4 record. How does Detroit win? Defense. Rebounding. Share the ball. Move on offense, hustle even more on defense. Which is how the Cavs won for the seventh time in eight games. Best of all, they did it without LeBron James doing everything. ~ Cleveland Plain Dealer ~ Cavaliers measure up flawless effort foils Pistons By Branson Wright Greatness is often measured by how a team performs against top competition. If that is the case, the Cavaliers were off the charts on Saturday afternoon against the Detroit Pistons. In their most important game so far this season, the Cavs were nearly flawless as they ran away with a 97-84 victory over the Pistons before a sellout crowd at The Q on New Year's Eve. The Cavs (18-10) took a major step in becoming one of the elite teams in the Eastern Conference by stopping the league's latest juggernaut. The Pistons have a league-best record of 24-4, and they had the longest winning streak (nine games) until playing the Cavs.