As long as the Detroit Pistons could shut down LeBron James on Wednesday night, they were able to keep control of the Cleveland Cavaliers in Game 2 of their first round series in the NBA Playoffs. King James left the 1st quarter with just 2 points, and Detroit led Cleveland 28-23 headed into the 2nd quarter.

You can't keep LeBron down for long, however, and the Pistons would be reminded of that first hand as James and the Cavs came charging back after the disappointing first 12 minutes.

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The score at the end of each quarter was progressively worse for the Pistons, as Cleveland and LeBron showed why they had the best record in the NBA's Eastern Conference.

LeBron's weaknesses

Whatever it was that was holding LeBron back in the opening quarter, James would shake things up before halftime, scoring 14 points in the second 12-minute block of Wednesday's game, giving the Cavs a 55-53 lead at half.

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The slow start simply kept the first half interesting, as the Pistons struggled after James helped the Cavaliers pull ahead.

James also had a game-high 5 turnovers, a record nobody wants to claim, even for one game. No one else on Cleveland's roster had more than 2 turnovers on Wednesday, and only one Piston (Andrew Drummond) had 3.

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LeBron's strengths

James was good for 11 more points in the 2nd half, finishing with a game-high 27 points. Fellow Cleveland starters Kyrie Irving and J.R. Smith also broke the 20-point mark, at 20 and 21 points, respectively. Drummond lead Detroit with 20.

On the defensive side of things, LeBron had a game-high 3 steals (tied with Detroit's Reggie Jackson) to go with his 5 defensive rebounds (6 total). He played 16 seconds shy of 40 minutes, more than anyone else at The Q on Wednesday night.

NBA Playoff record

As a team, the Cavaliers had 20 buckets from downtown, tying an all-time NBA Playoff record for most 3-pointers made by one team in a single game. LeBron only had two of those long-distance shots. Smith lead the team with 7, Irving had 4 and Kevin Love nailed just 3. 

With an 18-point lead and just 3:59 to play, Cleveland head coach Tyronn Lue sat LeBron and allowed Irving, Love, and the rest of the Cavs to handle the remainder of the game.

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With a 2-0 lead in the series, LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers travel to Detroit for Game 3 against the Pistons on Friday, April 22nd.

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