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Veteran Cavs reserve scores 19 points in 19 minutes in Game 3 win over Detroit

Originally Published: April 25, 2009
By Chris Broussard | ESPN The Magazine

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- On the mic, they call him "Joe Beast," because he flows with the type of East Coast swag they love in the birthplace of hip-hop. (At least that's what he told me.) But Joe Smith was also a monster on the court Friday at The Palace -- and the Cleveland Cavaliers needed every bit of animal he had in him.

On a night when the Cavs' complacency and Detroit's heart combined to create a surprisingly competitive contest, "Joe Beast" turned in his most productive ...

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