Pistons find range to douse Heat in Miami

Tue Dec 22, 2015 10:35pm EST
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(The Sports Xchange) - The Detroit Pistons have had their best long distance shooting performances against the Miami Heat so far this season.

The Pistons made 15 3-pointers Tuesday night and erased an early 18-point deficit in a 93-92 victory over the Heat at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The outcome ironically came down to a pair of jumpers that the Heat missed.

Heat guard Dwyane Wade had a chance to give the Heat (16-11) the lead in the closing seconds, but missed a pull-up jumper that was rebounded by Pistons forward Andre Drummond with 1.9 seconds left.

Drummond left the door open for Miami, however, when he missed two subsequent free throws.

But Heat forward Chris Bosh missed on an open look with a foot on the 3-point line at the buzzer as the shot bounced off the rim. A replay later showed that the shot would not have counted as time expired with the ball still on Bosh's hand.

Detroit (17-12) made a season-high 16 3-pointers in its first game against the Heat on Nov. 25 which resulted in a 104-81 victory.

On Tuesday, the Pistons won their fifth game in their past six, largely by making seven triples in the second quarter as they outscored the Heat 36-18 following a 34-18 first quarter in favor of the Heat.

After suffering its worst defeat of the season the last time it faced the Pistons, the Heat put an emphasis on starting strong.   Continued...

Dec 22, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat guard Josh Richardson (0) drives to the basket as Detroit Pistons guard Steve Blake (22) defends during the second half at American Airlines Arena. The Pistons won 93-92.  Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports