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Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Miami

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Detroit Pistons vs. Miami Heat: Postgame Grades and Analysis for Miami
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The Miami Heat sprinted to their fourth consecutive win, bolting past a stunned Detroit Pistons team, 110-88.

The game actually looked like it'd be a fairly tight race in the early going, as the Pistons went big in an effort to exploit the Heat's well-documented deficiencies in the paint and on the glass. The little-used tandem of Greg Monroe and rookie Andre Drummond gave the Heat fits, as the pair combined for 21 points and seven rebounds on 8-of-11 shooting in the first half alone.

But Dwyane Wade and the hard-charging Heat met Detroit's size with speed. And as the saying goes, speed kills.

Miami's shooting guard matched a season high with 23 first-half points, and he was right in the middle of a second-quarter dunk-fest that propelled the Heat to a 26-4 run in the period.

Things didn't get much better for the Pistons after the break, as Miami opened the third quarter with a full-court press that led to a turnover and an ensuing King James dunk. It was a track meet from there on out.

Wade led Miami with 29 points, and if you didn't know any better, you might have thought you were seeing the 2006 version of the Heat guard; such were his levels of aggression and activity.

Nobody is surprised by Miami's blitzing offensive style or the production of its stars, but what was particularly noteworthy about this game was Miami's plus-one advantage on the glass. It may not seem like much, but for a Heat team that typically suffers a nightly battering on the boards, a 36-35 victory in the rebounding department might be the most positive takeaway of all.

Of course, Greg Monroe utterly torched Chris Bosh inside, so at least one of Miami's big flaws persisted.

Still, the Heat played their style and showcased the speed and athleticism that makes them so dangerous. They were downright scary at times in this one.

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