The Miami Heat (34-13) defeated the Detroit Pistons (19-28) 102-96 on Monday night to improve to a season-best 21 games over .500 thanks to 30 points from Dwyane Wade.
Following a nice showing against the New York Knicks on Saturday, Wade was simply brilliant in 37 minutes, hitting 68 percent of his shots while grabbing 10 rebounds and dishing out five assists. It was Wade's second 30-point outing of the season.
LeBron James was sensational in the win, as well, and finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double with a line of 24 points (9-of-19 shooting), 11 assists and eight rebounds.
Chris Bosh was the only other Heat player to finish in double figures and poured in 17 points on 5-of-8 shooting (6-of-7 from the free-throw line) while hauling in seven rebounds.
The Pistons were dominant on the glass from start to finish, edging out Miami by seven rebounds total and nine on the offensive boards, but their offense sputtered thanks to a seemingly regular dose of long-range jumpers and too many unforced errors.
Maurice Cheeks' squad committed 21 turnovers that led to 28 Miami points while the Heat wound up holding a four-point edge in fast break points.
Brandon Jennings led the Pistons with 26 points on 7-of-15 shooting while Josh Smith was his usual, inconsistent self, hitting five of his 20 shots and committing six turnovers in a 12-point, six-rebound effort.
Greg Monroe and Andre Drummond added 17 and 12 points, respectively, while Drummond led all players with 12 boards in just 24 minutes. Monroe added 11 rebounds to his final tally.
Next up for the Heat is a showdown with the Los Angeles Clippers at Staples Center on Wednesday while the Pistons will continue their road trip with a matchup against the Orlando Magic after a day off on Tuesday.
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