Pistons 107, Heat 97

The Sports Xchange
The SportsXchange


MIAMI - The Detroit Pistons acquired players such as All-Star guard Brandon Jennings and forward Josh Smith in the hopes of becoming a playoff team again.
Both made clutch plays down the stretch that helped stifle the Miami Heat's late rally and give the Pistons its biggest win of the season to date, 107-97, Tuesday night at AmericanAirlines Arena.
The Pistons (8-10) snapped the defending NBA champion Heat's 10-game winning streak and had its entire starting lineup and seven players overall score in double digits. The Pistons built an early lead that grew to as many as 18 points, taking advantage of a poor shooting first half by the Heat.
The Heat (14-4) lost only their second game at home this season, and allowed over 100 points for only the second time in their past 11 games. The Heat also shot a dismal 2 for 10 from three-point range in the first quarter and 38 percent in the first half.
Detroit also finished with a marked rebounding edge 46-34 led by center Andre Drummond's game-high 18 rebounds. Drummond had a career-best 31 points and 19 rebounds in the Pistons' previous game against the Philadelphia 76ers.
The Pistons held a double-digit lead for nearly two entire quarters until Norris Cole's layup off a steal with 9:04 left in the fourth cut Detroit's lead to 85-76.
The layup was one of three in a row for Cole following a Chris Andersen put-back dunk that sparked Miami's initial fourth quarter comeback after falling behind 85-68.
Heat forward LeBron James, who finished with 23 points, was on the bench and checked back in with 7:58 left and the Heat trailing 89-78. The Heat went on 10-2 surge.
But after missing three consecutive jumpers, Jennings hit a three-pointer with 4:09 left to put Pistons back up by six.
Smith later stole a pass and mid-court and raced for an uncontested dunk.
Jennings finished with 15 points, five assists and four steals. Smith had 15 points and four rebounds.
Pistons rookie guard Kyle Singler's sharp shooting helped the Pistons maintain their lead in the third quarter with 10 points in the period and finishing with a team-high 18 points.
Miami forward Chris Bosh's layup for the game's opening bucket gave the Heat their only lead of the game.
Miami's Michael Beasley came off the bench and put together his best game of the season with a season-high 23 points. It was his sixth double-digit scoring game of the season.
NOTES: Heat G Dwyane Wade missed his fourth game of the season Tuesday night with knee soreness. James Jones got his third start of the season in Wade's place. Jones scored 17 points and went 5-of-7 from 3-point range in his prior start Nov. 20 at Orlando. ... Heat reserve G Roger Mason, Jr. and his sister were robbed at a restaurant Sunday. According to local media reports, Miami police said four men robbed patrons at Ni Do Cafe, an Italian restaurant in North Miami. Two suspects have since been arrested and two more are on the run. Mason, Jr. was not made available to the media Tuesday due to the ongoing investigation. ... Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said he was pleased at the way Brandon Jennings was settling into the team's lineup in recent games as a facilitator. Jennings entered Tuesday's game averaging 12.3 assists over his previous three games. ... Detroit won't have to wait long to face the Heat again. After the Pistons finish the three-game road trip that began Tuesday in Miami, they will host the Heat Sunday.