It was just like old times Sunday night in Miami.
Just as he had throughout much of the 2000’s, Heat guard Dwyane Wade attacked Tayshaun Prince and company to the tune of 40 points in a 109-102 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
The loss pushes the Pistons 4.5 games out of the eighth and final playoff position with just nine game remaining.
After the Pistons jumped out to a 27-25 lead after one, the Heat responded with an 8-0 to start the second, kicking off a stretch over the middle two quarters that’d allow Miami to extend their lead to as much as 18.
The Pistons responded by scoring the final 11 points of the third quarter, eventually cutting the Heat lead to four early in the fourth, but Wade would respond, scoring 19 points in the final frame to ultimately keep the Pistons at bay.
Playing without the services of Chris Andersen, Hassan Whiteside, and Chris Bosh, the Heat turned to veteran power forward Udonis Haslem for a punch up front. The 34-year-old Haslem responded with a youthful 17 points and 13 rebounds.
Meanwhile, the Pistons received heavy duty performances from Andre Drummond and Reggie Jackson, who shot a combined 23/30 from the floor. Drummond scored a career-high 32 points and grabbed 14 rebounds while Jackson contributed 31 points, six rebounds and nine assists, but it was not enough.
Key Notes & Observations
- After shooting 20/37 in his previous two games, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope is now a combined 8/25 in his two games since, connecting on just 4/15 against the Heat.
- Jodie Meeks briefly found his stroke late in the third quarter, keying an 11-0 run with back-to-back triples. Meeks finished 3-5 from the arc en route to scoring 11 points.
- Even in a limited amount of minutes, center Joel Anthony continues to provide an excellent contribution defensively, registering three blocks in just nine minutes.