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Heat pummel Pistons in blowout win

Dwyane Wade played his most extensive minutes of the preseason and looked sharp as the Heat jumped on the Pistons and never looked back in a 105-78 victory

Dwyane Wade is on track to start the regular season opener on Oct. 30
Dwyane Wade is on track to start the regular season opener on Oct. 30
Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Before the game, Miami Heat head coach Erick Spoelstra told the media that he would play Dwyane Wade 'to the point of fatigue'.

Wade, coming off of offseason knee surgery and looking to get his conditioning up to par, might have been winded easily.

But by the looks of it, the Pistons were the ones that looked fatigued when Wade was on the floor, as the guard had 21 points in 23 minutes to lead the Heat to a 105-78 win at the American Airlines Arena to move to 2-2 in preseason play.

Wade shot 9-of-13 from the field and made all three of his attempts at the line, while not looking limited at all. Wade had a dunk and a bank shot fadeaway jumper from the left post, among other vintage Wade moves, en route to his efficient scoring night.

The Heat ran often, picking up 24 points in transition, and got expected contributions from its other two stars in LeBron James and Chris Bosh. Bosh and James had 17 and 13 points, respectively, and both shot over 50 percent from the floor.

In terms of the team's roster battles for the final two or three spots on the roster, Josh Harrellson and Garrett Temple had the strongest performances. Clearly, the Heat staff is trying to get a long look at those two, as they played more minutes than Mickell Gladness, Dexter Pittman and Terrell Harris, who are competing for the same spots.

Harrellson only shot 2-of-7 from the field but deflected a few passes, had five rebounds and made a 3-pointer in semi-transition. Although Harrellson missed four of his five 3-point attempts, his aggressive approach from the outside can only help the teams spacing. Temple scored seven points with no assists in 12 minutes.

The Pistons got good efforts from Brandon Knight and Greg Monroe, but Detroit trailed by a substantial margin for most of the game after falling behind 27-11 to end the first quarter.

The Heat has four more exhibition games remaining before they open the regular season on Oct. 30 vs. Boston.