Miami (5-12) at Detroit (13-6)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Wed Dec 3, 2003
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Having finally won a close game, the surging Detroit Pistons return home to face the Miami Heat.

Detroit has won four of its last six games, including Monday night’s 79-78 overtime victory at New York. The victory was the Pistons’ first of the season in games decided by three points or fewer. They had been 0-4 in such games.

Chauncey Billups scored seven of his 24 points in overtime for the Pistons, who walked off with the win after Mehmet Okur blocked Michael Doleac’s jumper just before the final buzzer.

Okur added 14 points, Corliss Williamson scored 12 and Wallace grabbed 14 rebounds.

Detroit will host Miami, which has learned how to win at home, but continues to struggle on the road. The Heat won their fourth straight home game Saturday, beating short-handed Toronto 78-66. The Raptors had just completed a six-player deal, so they were without two starters.

“We did what we had to do,” said Heat forward Brian Grant, who recorded his third double-double of the season with 10 points and 10 rebounds. “It was a game bred for us to win. However, just like any NBA game, if you don’t bring it, you’re not guaranteed a victory.”

Rookie Dwyane Wade scored 16 points to lead Miami, which is just 1-10 away from the AmericanAirlines Arena.

Miami has the second worst offense in the league, averaging just 86 points per game. Only Toronto is worse. The Heat are averaging just 75.2 points on the road, losing those games by an average of 12.2 points.

STANDINGS (through Dec. 1): Heat - 6th place, 3 1/2 GB, Atlantic Division. Pistons - 2nd place, 2 1/2 GB, Central Division.

PROBABLE STARTERS: Heat - F Lamar Odom, F Udonis Haslem, C Grant, G Wade, G Eddie Jones. Pistons - F Wallace, F Tayshaun Prince, C Elden Campbell, G Richard Hamilton, G Billups.

TEAM LEADERS: Heat - Jones, 20.6 ppg; Haslem, 7.8 rpg; Wade, 4.4 apg. Pistons - Billups, 20.6 ppg and 5.7 apg; Wallace, 12.6 rpg.

SEASON SERIES: Pistons, 1-0.

LAST MEETING: Oct. 31; Pistons, 93-81. At Miami, Billups scored 27 points and Hamilton added 24, including the Pistons’ final 10.

ROAD/HOME RECORDS: Heat - 1-10 on the road; Pistons - 6-2 at home.

INJURIES: Heat - F Jerome Beasley (back); F Malik Allen (foot); G Butler (hand). Pistons - G Hubert Davis (hamstring); G Chucky Atkins (knee); C Zeljko Rebraca (back).

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