The Detroit Pistons didn’t allow their losing streak to get out of hand.
The Pistons will go for their fourth straight win following a brief slide when they take on the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena.
Detroit was one win away from setting a franchise record with its 14th consecutive victory but lost to Indiana on Jan. 19. The Pistons’ losing streak grew to three games before they ripped off wins over Boston and Toronto on the road before returning home Saturday and earning an 80-78 win over Memphis.
Each win in the streak has been decided by three points or fewer.
“Both tonight and last night were tough ones, but we managed to pull through when it really mattered,” guard Chauncey Billups said. “We just want to keep playing our style of game. You just have to see what happens and try our best each and every night.”
Billups had his streak of consecutive games scoring in double figures stopped at 11 as he finished with just nine points.
“I still want to be aggressive and do my best and hopefully we can get some more wins,” said Billups, who is averaging 17.8 points and 5.2 assists per game.
The Heat have won five of their last six, including a 94-70 rout of New Orleans on Saturday.
Eddie Jones led five starters in double figures with 24 points, Udonis Haslem scored 20 and Lamar Odom added 12 for the Heat, who shot 47 percent from the floor, including 62.5 percent from 3-point range (10-for-16).
“That is obviously the best we have played, undoubtedly this year,” Heat coach Stan Van Gundy said. “We put it together at both ends of the floor.
“You’ve got a team right now that’s focused on winning.”
Jones is averaging 21.2 points and shooting 53.3 percent over the last six games.