WATCH: Cavaliers’ Big Three helps Cleveland edge Detroit Pistons late

Last season in the Playoffs, the trio of LeBron James, Kevin Love, and Kyrie Irving looked to be clicking against the Boston Celtics, until Love’s season ended prematurely in game four due to injury.

It looks like history is repeating itself.

James, Love and Irving all scored at least 22 points to help the Cavaliers survive a hot-shooting Detroit Pistons team 106-101, in the 1 versus 8 match-up in the Eastern Conference.

The Cavaliers were able to distribute touches amongst their superstars, and that balanced attack allowed them to prevail in a close game that saw 17 lead changes and 21 deadlocks.

It was a tied game at 88-all with 6:29 left when Irving and James found Love for a pair of three-pointers, sandwiching a Reggie Jackson layup, 94-90. A technical foul called on Jackson resulted in charities for the Cavs, to bump the tally up to 98-92, but the Pistons point guard made amends with an and-one play.

Detroit though would never get any closer than that in the remaining 2:50. Irving and James scored, while the team held the Pistons to just a free throw, 104-96, 21 seconds left. The Pistons then broke their dry spell with a pair of makes to water down the final deficit.

Kyrie Irving top-scored with 31 points on a 10-of-24 shooting clip. He also logged five rebounds, six assists, two steals and a block. Kevin Love had a big double-double of 28 points and 13 boards, and LeBron James put up 22 markers, six boards, 11 dimes, two swipes and two rejections.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons with 21 points, with 12 of his points coming from beyond the arc. Marcus Morris pitched in 20 markers, Reggie Jackson logged 17 points and seven dimes, while Andre Drummond produced a 13-11 double-double.

Detroit lost despite shooting 50.7 percent from the field, 51.7 percent from beyond the arc.

Game two is on Thursday, still in Cleveland.

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