LeBron James led the Heat with 23 points, six assists and five rebounds and Michael Beasley came off the bench to score 23 points himself.
The Pistons got off to a fantastic start, taking a 28-18 lead at the end of the first quarter. They pushed the lead to 16 in the second quarter and again in the third, but Beasley and the Heat closed the gap in the final quarter.
The Heat got within three with 6:16 to play on a James dunk, but Brandon Jennings answered with a three-pointer. Josh Smith’s steal and dunk with 2:58 to play gave the Pistons a nine-point lead and essentially ended any chance at a Heat comeback.
Seven of the nine Pistons’ players to play scored in double figures while James and Beasley had virtually no help outside of 14 points from Chris Bosh and 12 from Ray Allen.
The Pistons are now 8-10 while the Heat fall to 14-4.