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April 8, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward James Jones (22) chases a loose ball Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace (6) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE
April 8, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward James Jones (22) chases a loose ball Detroit Pistons center Ben Wallace (6) during the first half at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

Coming off a loss to the Memphis Grizzlies, the Miami Heat bounced back on Sunday handing the Detroit Pistons their second loss in a row.

Playing without Dwyane Wade (sore ankle) for the 2nd time in the last 4 games, LeBron James carried the offensive load for the Heat, scoring a game high 26 points in the victory.

The Heat were down 2 after the 1st quarter but took control of the game in the 2nd. Miami outscored the Pistons 79-54 for the remaining 3 quarters and held them to 37% shooting for the game.

James Jones was huge off the bench for the Heat, scoring a season high 18 points, grabbing 4 steals and shooting an impressive 6-8 from 3-point range.

Shane Battier started for the injured Wade and finished with 4 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.

Chris Bosh also stepped up in Wade's absence, tallying 22 points, 9 rebounds and going 8-10 from the free throw line.

Mike Miller returned to the Miami Heat lineup, playing in his first game since March 10th. Miller struggled in his return, going scoreless in 24 minutes on 0-5 shooting.

Game Notes

  • The Heat have swept the Pistons series for the 2nd year in a row
  • Heat are now an NBA best 24-3 at home
  • The Heat have beaten the Pistons for the 7th straight time
  • Norris Cole set a career high in free throws made and attempted
  • Jason Maxiell scored his 1st field goal against the Heat this year
  • Miami is now 10-1 without Dwyane Wade this season
  • The Heat are the 3rd team to win 40 games this year
  • Lebron James shot his 6,000th career free throw