LeBron James put up 17 points, and also added 12 assists and 10 rebounds to record a triple-double while helping the Miami Heat cruise past the Detroit Pistons, 110-78. The Heat played an efficient game offensively, shooting 43-79 (54.4%) from the field and turning it over just eight times. Miami (49-22) gets one in the win column after losing to Indiana on Wednesday.
James went 7-13 from the field, including 1-3 on 3-point attempts. Other top contributors for Miami included Udonis Haslem with 17 points and 5 rebounds, Chris Bosh with 15 points and 9 rebounds, and Chris Andersen with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Despite the loss, Will Bynum scored 12 points off the bench for Detroit on 3-5 shooting (1-3 on 3-point attempts), in addition to going 5-6 from the free throw line.
Along with their eFG% of 59.5%, the Heat connected at a rate of 42.1% from 3-point range. On the season, they are 17-3 when they record marks above 55% and 40% in those respective categories. Conversely, the Pistons are 1-11 when allowing their opponents to reach those percentages.
Detroit (26-46) has now dropped three straight games to Miami.
Coming up, the Heat battle the Milwaukee Bucks, who are 14-58 on the season. The Pistons go up against the Philadelphia 76ers, currently sitting at 15-57 this year. The Heat are 1-0 versus Milwaukee this season. The Pistons have been victorious in their last three games against Philadelphia.
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