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Pistons 109, Heat 99

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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Reserve guard Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists as the Detroit Pistons ended the Miami Heat's six-game winning streak with a 109-99 victory at The Palace on Friday night.

Charlie Villanueva supplied 18 points for the Pistons (10-22), who received 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 Dwyane Wade's one-game league suspension. 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.

Bynum, who scored 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. Miami allowed 100 points for the first time in 10 games.

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 3-pointer. The Pistons were up by as much as 17 before settling for an 81-71 advantage heading into the fourth quarter.

The Heat quickly closed within four early but Villanueva reestablished a double-digit Detroit lead, 95-84, midway through the quarter with a 3-pointer. Miami hung around but couldn't catch up as Bynum kept slicing through its vaunted defense.

Detroit made eight 3-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.

Down 32-17, the Pistons started the quarter with a 14-0 run. A Villanueva 3-pointer gave them their first lead, 41-39. Bynum made a 3-pointer and Daye hit a baseline shot in the final minute of the quarter to extend the advantage to six points.

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. ... Heat coach Erik 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 has a personal winning streak of 18 games against the Pistons, including playoffs. 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. ... Miami has gone 31-0 when shooting at least 50 percent over the last two seasons. ... Detroit has used just two starting lineups this season.
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