The Miami Heat came back from a disappointing road trip and haven’t looked back since with the NBA’s longest current win streak now at seven games after a 116-103 victory over the visiting Detroit Pistons.
Both teams played evenly up to the final quarter, when Goran Dragic led a teamwide effort to put away the pesky Pistons once and for all down the stretch. Dion Waiters again played well with 17 points, along with the sharpshooting Wayne Ellington consistently draining 3s and Hassan Whiteside pulling through an ankle injury and an uneven first half to make some important plays in the final moments and keep the win streak alive.
Dragic finished with 23 points and Ellington came through with 19 points off the bench. James Johnson was everywhere on the court and on the way to his 18 points he kept make winning plays for his team with the ball in his hands. Miami tied a season high with 14 3-pointers but did it with ruthless efficiency all night long. Ellington himself sank three of them in quick succession late in the fourth quarter to essentially ice the game.
Whiteside clearly wasn’t himself with ankle soreness upon returning to the lineup after missing last night’s game against the Chicago Bulls, and though he had his hands full trying to contain Andre Drummond, he did rise up for five points and six boards in the fourth quarter.
Miami’s hot shooting continued tonight, despite playing the second night of a back-to-back against a team that had last played on Monday. The home team finished with 53.2 percent shooting on 42-79 FGs and an impressive 50 percent from long range (14-28). Despite owning a 60-42 advantage in points in the paint, Detroit had little answer for Dragic and the rest of the Heat’s barrage of points in crunch time.
The Heat have an excellent chance to continue their win streak when they host the Brooklyn Nets on Monday night.