As a part of the organizations '25 years of Heat' celebration, Eddie Jones and Brian Grant we're commemorated during the contest with pre-game interviews and a sit down during the game with the Heat announcers.
During this process, Grant, and specifically Jones, mentioned their memories from playing with the Miami Heat's 2003-04 team, which featured then-rookie's Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem and helped lead the team back to the playoffs to make a surprising run to the second round.
As the former Heat players reminisced, Wade did his best to show them why they appreciated playing with him so much early in his career in a 110-88 Heat win over the Detroit Pistons.
The veteran Heat star scored 29 points on 12-of-20 shooting, including a few emphatic dunks, to go along with seven assists, five rebounds and three steals. Wade scored 23 of his points in the first half, 18 of them during an electrifying second quarter where the Heat (28-12) turned a 41-32 deficit with 8:55 left into a 60-51 lead at the half. Wade sparked the run with six straight points after an Austin Daye jumper put Detroit up nine at that point.
The scoring included a few alley-oops between the Heat's two superstars, Wade and LeBron James.
James scored 23 points on 9-of-14 shooting, with seven assists and seven rebounds.
The game never felt like it was out of the Heat's control in the second half, and by the 4th quarter, the game was well in hand. Chris Bosh scored 14 points and Ray Allen dropped 11 to complement Miami's primary options.
Greg Monroe had a dominating performance for the Pistons (16-27) with 31 points and 12 rebounds on 12-of-17 scoring, but got little help.
* James and Wade combined for 52 points, which is exactly what the Pistons starters scored. It is the third consecutive game where Wade and James score as much or more as an opponents starters. The duo scored 66 points in each of the last two contests heading into this one.
* Chris Andersen got his first action of the season in garbage time and made his only field goal attempt. The birdman otherwise looked comfortable defending a few screen-and-rolls and looks springy. The question for the 34-year old going forward will revolve around his conditioning.
* A Heat fan made a half-court shot during the game to win a contest and was soon after hugged to the floor by James. The man won 75,000 dollars on the shot but might have seen his life flash before his eyes when the gargantuan James rushed him to congratulate him.