Tyler Herro poured in 31 points off the bench and the Miami Heat outscored Detroit 33-16 in the fourth quarter to defeat the host Pistons 100-92 on Tuesday.
Herro added eight rebounds and three assists. Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo had 15 points, nine rebounds and five assists apiece, while Kyle Lowry supplied 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds. Duncan Robinson chipped in 11 points.
Jerami Grant led Detroit with 21 points, seven rebounds, three assists and three steals. Saddiq Bey contributed 15 points, Frank Jackson had 13 points and Hamidou Diallo added 10.
The Pistons were without two starters. Killian Hayes missed his second straight game with a sprained thumb, while Isaiah Stewart served the first game of a two-game league suspension. Stewart had an altercation with the Los Angeles Lakers’ LeBron James on Sunday.
Bey scored 11 points in the first quarter as the Pistons took a 25-20 lead. Grant had 12 points by halftime as the Pistons led 53-46.
With the score 55-52, the Pistons reeled off six consecutive points, including a Grant jumper. An 11-5 Detroit spurt later in the quarter made it 72-61. Jackson had five points and Trey Lyles added four during that stretch. A Diallo basket in the final second of the third gave the Pistons a 76-67 advantage entering the final quarter.
But after Detroit squandered a double-digit, second-half lead to the Lakers, history repeated itself Tuesday.
Herro drained two 3-pointers in an 18-second span to cut Detroit’s lead to three. A Caleb Martin steal and Herro foul-line jumper gave Miami an 80-79 edge. Another Herro 3-pointer and Dewayne Dedmon’s dunk off a Lowry feed gave the Heat an 85-79 lead with 7:22 remaining.
A 6-0 Miami spurt that was capped off by a Butler layup made it 94-82 with 3:43 left and prompted a Detroit timeout. The Pistons scored the next six points to cut the Heat’s lead in half. Adebayo scored the next three points to put the game away.
–Field Level Media