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Heat's 6-game win streak halted with Wade out

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Detroit Pistons forward Austin Daye wasn't surprised by Will Bynum's offensive dominance against the Miami Heat on Friday night. But nearly everyone else in the building had trouble believing what Bynum and the Pistons accomplished, even if the Heat was without Dwyane Wade.

Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists off the bench as the Pistons ended the Heat's six-game winning streak with a 109-99 victory at The Palace on Friday night.

"It's nothing new to me. I see it every day," Daye said. "Me and him play two-on-two together in practice, and I see it all the time. It felt good to be out there with him."

Charlie Villanueva supplied 18 points for the Pistons (10-22), who got 64 points from their bench while snapping a seven-game losing streak to the Heat.

LeBron James' 35 points and Chris Bosh's 28 topped Miami (20-7), which couldn't overcome Wade's absence. Wade was suspended one game without pay on Thursday for flailing his leg and making contact with the groin of Charlotte's Ramon Sessions on Wednesday.

"Their bench came in and kicked it up 17 notches," James said. "They gave them a hell of a spark coming off the bench and made plays."

Bynum, who poured in a season-high 31 points in a double-overtime loss to the Atlanta Hawks on Wednesday, scored 13 of his points in the fourth quarter. He was benched in 10 of the previous 15 games.

"I have a consistent routine," he said. "I'm constantly working and believing in myself. I work my tail off all summer and sacrifice a lot for this game and it's just paying off."

Miami allowed 100 points for the first time in 10 games and lost for the first time in 32 games while shooting 50 percent or better.

"It shows you it doesn't take much in this league for the tables to turn," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "It's a very fragile league. Our game is built on toughness and disposition, effort and focus defensively, and when we don't put our foot on the pedal in those areas, it can change quickly."

Wade's presence might have kept the winning streak going, but Spoelstra wasn't buying it.

"There aren't any excuses," he said. "We had enough. Sure, we would have been a different team with Dwyane, but we feel we have the depth on any given night to withstand things that happen -- circumstances, injuries, etc."

Miami went scoreless for the first 4:13 of the second half while the Pistons took a 15-point lead. Greg Monroe's layup finished off Detroit's 9-0 run to start the quarter and gave it a 67-52 advantage. James ended Miami's drought with a three-pointer. The Pistons were up by as much as 17 points before settling for an 81-71 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

The Heat quickly closed within four early in the fourth, but Villanueva reestablished a double-digit Detroit lead, 95-84, midway through the quarter with a three-pointer. Miami hung around but couldn't catch up as Bynum kept slicing through its vaunted defense.

"The second unit set a really, really good example and our guys fed off it," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. "Then, we had everyone contribute in the second half."

Detroit made eight three-pointers while scoring 41 second-quarter points -- its highest-scoring quarter this season -- and grabbed a 58-52 halftime lead. The reserves were responsible for 36 of those points, led by Villanueva's 11.

Notes: Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey, their sixth man, missed the game with a sprained left ankle suffered during their double overtime loss at Atlanta Wednesday. ... Spoelstra called Wade's suspension unwarranted. "We accept it but we don't agree with it," he said. "Dwyane's played 10 years in this league and his reputation as a fierce competitor but also a guy that doesn't cross over the line, that speaks for itself." ... James had a personal winning streak of 18 games against the Pistons snapped. It began with the last three regular-season meetings between Detroit and Cleveland in 2008-09, followed by a four-game Cavaliers' sweep in the opening round of the Eastern Conference playoffs. Cleveland swept all four regular-season meetings the following season and Miami had gone 7-0 against the Pistons since James joined them. ... The game started a five-game homestand for the Pistons, their longest this season. The Heat is in the midst of a four-game road swing. ... Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince had four assists, giving him 2,000 for his career. ... Detroit has used just two starting lineups this season.
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