It was supposed to be a preseason game, but the Miami Heat apparently didn't get the memo. The "big three" played like it was a regular season contest, giving fans an entertaining show during their first outing at the American Airlines Arena since Game 5 of the 2012 NBA Finals.
The Heat dominated the Detroit Pistons from start to finish, walking away with the 105-78 victory on Oct. 18.
Dwyane Wade -- who's 'diminishing skills' have been a hot topic lately -- lead the Heat on Thursday, finishing with 21 points, 5 assists, and 3 rebounds. Wade also shot the ball better than everyone else on both teams, converting on 69 percent of his field goal attempts. Not bad for an "old guy."
"I'm continuing to get my rhythm, my conditioning," Wade told reporters after the game. "Tonight I kind of broke out a lot of the things I normally do and I felt comfortable doing that. I was able to see a couple things I need to continue to get stronger at, but wasn't bad."
Chris Bosh and LeBron James were right behind Wade, putting up 17 and 13 points respectively. LeBron was also effective at getting his teammates involved, finishing with eight assists.
Ray Allen struggled in his first home preseason game with the Heat, knocking down only one of his five three-point attempts. However, Allen looked good on the defensive end, finishing with three steals.
With the regular season less than two weeks away, the Heat are right on track. The "big three" already look sharp, and Allen and Rashard Lewis seem comfortable with their new teammates. Miami's offense still needs a little tuning up, but their defense couldn't be any better.
Even Pistons head coach, Lawrence Frank, had nothing but good things to say about the Heat after the humiliating encounter.
"Look, they're obviously a great team, with a great coach, great players, great system and fundamentally extremely sound," Frank said. "For us, it's an opportunity to get better."
Miami's next preseason game will be against the San Antonio Spurs on Oct. 20.
Associated Press, "Heat 105, Pistons 78"
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