Tonight at 8PM, the Detroit Pistons will tipoff against the Miami Heat in AmericanAirlines Arena. This will be the third of four contests between the two clubs this season. Detroit won each of them, 104-81 on November 25th and 93-92 on December 22nd.
On that day in December, the Pistons were led by 18 points with five boards and three assists from Reggie Jackson. Andre Drummond had 11 with 12 rebounds. The Heat were paced by 20 points from Chris Bosh, along with 16 points, 16 rebounds, and four blocks from Hassan Whiteside.
Basketball's a pretty simple game. If you do the right things, play the right way, things go your way. - Pistons forward Anthony Tolliver
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Despite losing their last game to the Portland Trail Blazers, 110-93 on Saturday, the Heat clinched a playoff berth due to action elsewhere. CJ McCollum led the Blazers with 24 points, seven assists and four steals. Whiteside had 20 with 13 rebounds and four blocks to pace Miami. Luol Deng also had a double-double for the Heat, scoring 14 and picking 13 off the glass.
We had spurts where we played hard and got it going, but they were more consistent than we were for most of the game. Coming out of the third quarter, they really blew their lead and we didn't have enough to get it back. - Deng
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After tonight's tilt, the Heat will head on to face the Bulls in Chicago on Thursday before a home-and-home series against the Magic. They'll play the Pistons again in Detroit before closing the regular season in Boston to take on the Celtics next Wednesday.
Miami Heat: 44-32, .579, on pace for 47-35. Tied for second in the Southeast Division, tied for fifth in the Eastern Conference (half game behind the Atlanta Hawks and the Celtics), tied for ninth in the NBA. Last Five: W-W-L-W-L.
Detroit Pistons: 41-36, .532, on pace for 44-38. Tied for second in the Central Division, tied for seventh in the Eastern Conference (with the Indiana Pacers), tied for 11th in the NBA. Last Five: W-L-W-L-W.
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