James is averaging 23.9 points and 7.4 assists per game in his return to Cleveland, and his teammates are making their presence felt with a lot of free throws and steals.
The Cavaliers, who have allowed an average of 107.8 points in their past six games, outscored the Pistons 42-19 on the offensive glass.
James led Cleveland with 29 points, eight rebounds and four assists, while Josh Richardson added 21 points and 11 rebounds for the Cavaliers (11-5).
Cleveland’s starting lineup is led by forward Andrew Wiggins, who is averaging 18.7 points on 45.3 percent shooting in the past four games.
The Cavs are hoping to continue their winning streak in the series, but it was a slow start that included a season-high seven turnovers in a 113-104 loss at New York on Sunday.
The Pistons have lost three of their past four in Cleveland, including a 114-106 home loss Nov. 22.
The Pistons had their way with the Cavs in the first quarter.
Drummond scored nine points in the opening 2:05 to help Detroit take an 11-point lead with 5:04 remaining.
But the Pistons were down 19-6 on the ensuing possession when Detroit’s DeAndre Liggins had a hard time finding a rhythm offensively.
The Warriors scored the final seven points of the first half to cut the deficit to 15.
James and his friends have come a long way since winning a title in 2012.
He said he wants to keep going, even if it means he doesn’t get to see the Finals.
“I’m just hoping I can win it and hopefully be part of the championship,” James said.
“I want to win it.
I just want to see how many championships there are.”