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RECAP: Heat overcome injuries in crucial 109-102 win against Pistons

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Miami played without several players but pulled out the victory thanks to co-captains Dwyane Wade and Udonis Haslem.

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It wasn't a must win for the Heat but it was the next closest thing.

The Miami Heat defeated the Detroit Pistons by a final score of 109-102 on Sunday at the AmericanAirlines Arena.  The Pistons led 27-25 at the end of the first quarter but the Heat took the lead at the 8:51 mark of the 2nd quarter and never trailed again.  Dwyane Wade led the way for the Heat with 40 points, the most a player has ever scored in a single game against the Pistons.  In addition to Wade's 40 points on 14-27 shooting (12-13 from the free throw line) he added 6 rebounds and 4 assists.

Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond did their best to keep the Pistons in the game late, tallying 31 and 32 points respectively, but it wasn't enough in the end.  The Heat held Detroit to 8-25 from the three point line and the Pistons did themselves no favors, shooting 14-22 from the free throw line.

In addition to Wade's 40 points the Heat also got big contributions from Udonis Haslem who provided 18 points and 13 rebounds (he had 10 and 10 at halftime) and James Ennis who scored 16.

This win improved the Heat to 34-39 on the season and 18-18 at home.  The Heat now have a 1.5 game lead over the Brooklyn Nets for the #7 seed in the Eastern Conference Playoffs and a 2 game lead over Boston and Indiana who sit just outside the field.  The Heat still sit 2 games behind the Milwaukee Bucks in their race for the 6 seed, but Milwaukee holds the tie breaker so the Heat need to pass the Bucks by at least one game in order to get that spot.

Luol Deng didn't reenter the game after halftime after being diagnosed with a left knee contusion (James Ennis started the half in his place).  It's unclear whether or not he will be available for Miami's next game against the Spurs on Tuesday night.  The Heat were also without Chris Andersen and Hassan Whiteside for this game and may be without them again on Tuesday.