Miami, FL (SportsNetwork.com) - Dwyane Wade scored 30 points, grabbed 10
rebounds and handed out five assists as the Miami Heat pulled away for a
102-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday.
Wade's performance somewhat overshadowed LeBron James' own all-around effort,
as the reigning MVP totaled 24 points, 11 assists and eight boards in Miami's
fifth win in the last six games.
"Our team is built for guys to be in the lineup. We're built on chemistry.
We're built on rhythm. That's what we've had the last few games," said James.
Brandon Jennings led Detroit with 26 points, Rodney Stuckey added 20 and Greg
Monroe and Andre Drummond both recorded double-doubles in a losing effort.
The Pistons, winners of two straight coming in, are one of just four teams
that has knocked off the Heat in Miami this season. They stayed close Monday
before committing seven of their 21 turnovers in the fourth quarter.
"Against a great team like this and on the road, you got to be a little bit
more conscious of the turnovers," said Pistons forward Josh Smith, who turned
it over a team-high six times.
Ray Allen opened the final stanza with a 3-pointer that started a 14-5 Heat
run over the next seven minutes.
The Pistons found themselves down by 15, 100-85, following Wade's 3-pointer
and running hook shot, and the Heat held on despite Detroit's 11-2 finish.
Wade, James and Chris Bosh combined to make all eight of their shots for 24
points in the first quarter, and Jennings' 13 points in the opening frame kept
the Pistons close.
After trailing 32-29 heading to the second, Jennings made a free throw that
pushed Detroit in front by one, 48-47, with 4:36 left in the opening half, but
Miami scored 16 of the next 19 points and the Pistons never led again.
Detroit went on a 10-1 spurt spanning the halves to get within three, 64-61,
and the teams traded runs from there, with Allen's buzzer-beating 3-pointer
from the right wing giving Miami an 84-80 edge with 12 minutes to go.
Bosh finished with 17 points and seven rebounds ... Monroe scored 17 points
with 11 rebounds and Drummond went for 12-and-12 ... The Heat are 27-1 this
season when holding opponents to under 100 points ... Miami has scored at
least 90 points in 25 consecutive games, tied for the third longest streak in
franchise history ... Miami opens a six-game road trip against the Los Angeles
Clippers on Wednesday.
The Sports Network