Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 3)

Series starts 1/29

Game 1: Friday, January 29th
Game 2: Wednesday, March 31st
Game 3: Friday, April 9th

Heat 92

(24-22, 11-11 away)

Pistons 65

(15-30, 11-13 home)

    Coverage: FSDT

    8:00 PM ET, January 29, 2010

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIA 26 21 24 2192
    DET 23 13 12 1765

    Top Performers

    Miami: D. Wade 22 Pts, 4 Reb, 3 Ast, 1 Stl

    Detroit: C. Villanueva 15 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Stl, 1 Blk

    Heat end two-game losing streak with win vs. Pistons

    Associated Press

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- The Miami Heat haven't had many things come easily this season, and Friday started off like another long night.

    After all, Heat forward Michael Beasley missed his first game of the season with a hyperextended right knee, and Miami got another scare when Jermaine O'Neal went down with a knee injury in the first minute.

    Fast Facts

    • The Heat won their first game against the Pistons this season after going 3-1 against them last season.

    • Detroit fell to 1-4 on its homestand, which ends Sunday vs. the Magic.

    • The Pistons have scored under 100 points in 21 of their last 22 games.

    -- ESPN Stats & Information

    It didn't matter.

    Dwyane Wade scored 22 points in 24 minutes and O'Neal came back to record a double-double as the Heat routed the Detroit Pistons 92-65.

    "That was the definition of a team win," said Miami coach Erik Spoelstra. "We have a lot of wounded guys right now, so this had to be one of our best defensive efforts, period. We were banged up, and we came up with a win. That's encouraging."

    Despite the lopsided final score, Wade insisted it hadn't been a simple victory.

    "The game is never as easy as it looks in this league," he said. "We lost by 39 the other night in Charlotte -- that happens in the NBA. We knew that Detroit had lost three in a row, so we wanted to jump on them early. I thought we did that -- we set the tone."

    The Pistons have lost 18 of their last 22 games but were still one of the league's best rebounding teams. Friday, even that failed them. Miami had 17 offensive rebounds, just one fewer than Detroit's defensive total, and had a 35-7 edge on the other end of the floor.

    No Pistons player had more than four rebounds.

    "Give Miami a lot of credit -- they did a great job attacking the boards on both ends," said Pistons coach John Kuester. "We've been a good rebounding team, but right now we've got to go back to the drawing board."

    That's not the only problem Kuester has to fix. Detroit only missed the franchise record for fewest points by one and failed to break 100 for the 21st time in 22 games.

    "We obviously can't stand pat with this kind of performance -- there will have to be some changes somewhere," he said. "We have to find a way to get 48 minutes of energy out of this team. We had it the other night against Memphis, but we didn't have it today."

    Udonis Haslem added 16 points for the Heat, who snapped a two-game losing streak, and Dorell Wright scored 12.

    Charlie Villanueva led the Pistons in scoring with 15 points. Tayshaun Prince (10) was Detroit's only starter to reach double figures.

    Detroit only trailed 26-23 after one quarter but were shut down by Miami's defense in the next two periods. The Heat outscored the Pistons 21-13 in the second to take an 11-point halftime lead and then held Detroit to just two points in the first seven minutes of the third.

    "There is no way we should score like this with the offensive guys we've got on this team," said Richard Hamilton, who finished with eight points on 4-of-14 shooting. "We've got to get better. This was a bad night in all aspects of the game."

    The Heat built a 57-40 lead and led by as many as 29 points in the fourth.

    "This was one of our best team efforts of the season," Wade said. "Everybody came in and did something different, and that's just what we needed."

    Game notes

    Ben Gordon returned for Detroit after missing eight games with a groin injury. Gordon played 13 minutes, scoring 10 points, while Chucky Atkins played 15 minutes despite a sternum injury that leaves him unable to shoot. ... Detroit missed 10 of its first 11 shots in the third quarter. ... The Heat improved to 15-0 when holding its opponents under 90 points.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 65
    FGM-FGA 35-73 (.479) 26-66 (.394)
    3PM-3PA 10-15 (.667) 1-4 (.250)
    FTM-FTA 12-17 (.706) 12-19 (.632)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 17-52 7-25
    Assists 23 13
    Turnovers 18 13
    Steals 5 7
    Blocks 4 3
    Fast Break Points 11 12
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 18 (0/0) 17 (0/0)
    Largest Lead 29 1

    Top Performers

    Dwyane Wade Wade
    Points: 22
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0
    Charlie Villanueva Villanueva
    Points: 15
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 1