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Heat edge Pistons 120-115 in overtime

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Miami snapped their three-game losing streak.

NBA: Miami Heat at Detroit Pistons Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

The Miami Heat found themselves on the ropes against the Detroit Pistons Monday night. Miami had blown a 10-point lead with four minutes left in regulation, missed free throws that could have iced the game and found themselves down 110-109 in overtime with 2:39 left.

That was all before Josh Richardson took over the game.

The Heat’s 2015 second-round pick scored on Miami’s three subsequent possessions, the last one a straightaway 3-pointer with 1:06 left to take a 116-115 lead. The Heat held on to win 120-115, snap a three-game losing streak and improve to 4-5 on the season.

Both Detroit and Miami came into Monday’s game with losing streaks — the Pistons had lost four straight after winning their first four games of the season — and it showed. The Heat went more than five first-quarter minutes without scoring a point, and the Pistons couldn’t build a sizable lead. (Tyler Johnson even made a buzzer-beating 3 to give Miami the lead after one.)

Miami, meanwhile, missed 11 free throws throughout the game — none bigger than Dwyane Wade missing two with 19.6 seconds left and the Heat up two. Any time the Heat played well — like a period stretching from the end of the third to the start of the fourth to build a 12-point lead — Miami went through an offensive drought and let Detroit back in the game.

But the Heat got a win, and those are important for this team.

Richardson led Miami with 27 points, nine of those coming in the overtime period. He played 38 minutes and shot 11-of-21 from the field, including 3-of-5 from downtown. Richardson also grabbed eight rebounds and dished out four assists. But he took control of the Heat’s offense when he needed to, making mid-range jumpers and 3s. And of course, Richardson had a few signature plays.

After starting at point guard in Saturday’s loss to the Atlanta Hawks, Justise Winslow started at power forward. He played great defense on Blake Griffin, who fouled out late in the fourth quarter. Winslow contributed nine points, six rebounds, five assists and had a LeBron James-like no-look pass to Goran Dragic.

Bam Adebayo also started Monday, as Hassan Whiteside missed the game with a knee injury. Adebayo’s activity was huge, grabbing key offensive boards and scoring 11 points on 4-of-5 shooting. Although Kelly Olynyk had his moments, nailing three 3s on the night, Erik Spoelstra played Adebayo to close the game.

Dragic returned from missing Saturday’s game to start against the Pistons. He scored 21 points on 7-of-18 shooting from the field, shot 6-of-7 from the free-throw line, grabbed five rebounds and added six assists. Despite his dreadful 2-of-6 shooting from the line, Wade added 18 points and was instrumental to the Heat’s key run in the second half to build their 12-point lead. He didn’t seal the game at the line, but at least the Heat still won.

The Heat will host the San Antonio Spurs Wednesday at 7:30 p.m.