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Heat 110, Pistons 88

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MIAMI -- Dwyane Wade scored 17 of his 29 points in the second quarter and LeBron James added 23 points to lead the Miami Heat to a 110-88 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Friday night at American Airlines Arena.

The Heat (28-12), who lead the Eastern Conference, avenged a 105-99 loss at Detroit (16-27) earlier in the season. Wade missed that game, however, because of a one-game suspension.

With the Heat up by 16 points after three quarters Friday, the biggest roar of the night was reserved for a fan named Michael Drysch, who won $75,000 for hitting a half-court shot.

It wasn't just that the ball went straight in, it was that he shot a right-handed hook shot and was joined in a joyous celebration by James, who tackled him with a forceful bear hug.

James was seemingly everywhere Friday night. He also had seven rebounds and seven assists.

Heat forward Chris Bosh, who was named an NBA All-Star reserve Thursday, had 14 points and seven rebounds.

Chris "Birdman" Andersen, a veteran 6-10 forward who signed a 10-day contract with the Heat on Sunday, made his debut with 3:32 left in the game and had two points and two rebounds in three minutes.

Andersen, 34, was signed to see if he can improve the Heat's deficient rebounding numbers. For his career, he is averaging 5.2 rebounds and 17.9 minutes per game.

Detroit was led by center Greg Monroe, who had 31 points and 12 rebounds. He made 12 of 17 shots from the field and 7 of 8 from the line.

Pistons guard Brandon Knight, a Miami native, had nine points and five assists.

Backup point guard Will Bynum, who had 25 points and 10 assists when the Pistons beat the Heat in December, was also fairly quiet this time around. He had 13 points and 1 assist.

Before the game, Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said people had assumed Wade was 100 percent recovered from off-season knee injury, but he and his staff knew that wasn't true.

"Historically, Dwyane gets better as the season goes on," Spoelstra said. "He is looking more active the past three or four weeks -- much more like the Dwyane we know."

NOTES: During the All-Star break, Heat point guard Mario Chalmers will have his college jersey -- No. 15 -- retired by his alma mater, Kansas. Chalmers led the Jayhawks to the 2008 national title. The ceremony for Chalmers is set for Feb. 16, when Texas and the ESPN Game Day cameras visit Kansas. ... Friday was a homecoming for Pistons guard Brandon Knight, a Miami native who led Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest to a pair of state titles. ... The Heat is 22nd in the NBA in rebound differential (minus-2.5). The Pistons, who are 11th in rebounding at plus-1.8, have two of the most promising young centers in the game in third-year pro Greg Monroe (6-foot-11, 250 pounds) out of Georgetown and rookie Andre Drummond (6-10, 270) from Connecticut. ... Next up for the Heat is a trip to Boston to play the Celtics on Sunday. ... The Pistons play at the Orlando Magic on Sunday.
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