The Detroit Pistons downed the Miami Heat last night 97-107 behind a suffocating defense and great offensive execution in the final minutes of the game. It’s no secret that one of the glaring weaknesses of this Heat team is size, and well that just happens to be the Piston’s strength. The Piston exhibit one of the more formidable front lines in the league with Andre Drummond, Greg Monroe and Josh’s Smith who was added this season from the free agency. Detroit’s size impeded easy penetrating and forced tough shots all night as the Heat only shot a season low 43% from the field and were out rebounded 46 to 34.
The Heat struggled offensively as they were without Dwyane Wade who again was resting his knee and was out for the fourth game this season.
James Jones supplanted Wade in the starting lineup but wasn’t able to provide any offensive help as he went scoreless. The highlights for Miami included LeBron James who went 8-15 with 23 points 5 rebounds and 6 assists and Michael Beasley who had 23 points with 3 three pointers made while getting 4 rebounds.
For the Pistons Greg Monroe added 16 points, 6 rebounds, 5 assists, while fellow big man Andre Drummond had, 10 points while snagging 18 rebounds and Josh Smith added 15 points with 4 rebounds. Brandon Jennings had the play of the night as he stripped LeBron James who was on a fast break during a late comeback effort. Jennings stripped LeBron cleanly and took it coast to coast to set up his teammate and sealed the victory for the Pistons. He finished with 15 points 4 rebounds, 4 steals and 5 assists.
The Heat are now 14-4 and are still second to the Indiana Pacers who are 16-2.
MIA: Chris Bosh, 24 pts w/ 6 Rebs
DET: Kyle Singler 18 points w/5 Rebs
NEXT GAME: Tomorrow, Miami @ Bulls. Tip Off 9:30pm.