The Heat finished the game with seven players, but they were still able to grind out a 104-99 win over the Detroit Pistons. Forwards Luol Deng and Micheal Beasley both left the game early for the Heat, as Deng had a knee injury while Beasley had a elbow injury. The Heat were also without Shabazz Napier, Josh McRoberts, Chris Bosh, Hassan Whiteside, and Chris Andersen tonight.
Dwyane Wade put up yet another vintage performance, as he had his 2nd 40 point game on the season with 40 points, 6 rebounds, and 4 assists, as Wade looks to try to get the NBA honors for player of the month now for the month of March after he won player of the week last week. Udonis Haslem also was vintage tonight, as the co-captain had 18 points and 13 rebounds for his 2nd double-double on the season as he continues to step up big during Chris Bosh’s absence. James Ennis stepped up big for the Heat tonight with Deng and Beasley going out with injuries, as Ennis finished with 16 points and 6 rebounds.
The Heat had both of their point guards score in double figures tonight as well, as Goran Dragic chipped in 10 points and 5 assists playing with an injured back while Mario Chalmers scored 11 points while tying a career high in rebounds with 9 and also dished out 4 assists coming off the bench tonight in the Heat’s resurgent win, as everyone took a huge step forward for Miami tonight.
For the Pistons, Andre Drummond’s 41st double-double on the season was big for them in staying in the game, as Drummond finished with 32 points, 14 rebounds, and 2 blocks on the day. Reggie Jackson continued balling, as he had 31 points, 6 rebounds, and 9 assists. Jodie Meeks was the only other Piston to score in double figures today, as Meeks had 11 points and 3 assists in the Pistons 45th loss on the season.
The Heat, (34-39), will stay in Miami to host the San Antonio Spurs in a rematch of last years NBA Finals last year on Tuesday. The Pistons, (28-45), will head home back to the Motor City to take on the top seed in the Eastern Conference Atlanta Hawks on Tuesday.
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