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AUBURN HILLS (CBSMiami/AP) – Dwyane Wade suited up for Miami on Saturday night after suffering a scary knee injury earlier in the week. But his gritty effort wasn’t enough to push Miami past the Piston, as Detroit took home the 99-98 win.
Reggie Jackson scored 15 of his 29 points in the fourth quarter, including the winning layup with 5 seconds remaining.
Andre Drummond had 11 points and 17 rebounds for his 44th double-double, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 19 points and Anthony Tolliver added 15 for the Pistons. Detroit rallied from 15 down in the fourth and closed with a 21-6 run over the final 5:36 to get the win.
Wade scored 24 points and Goran Dragic had 21 for the Heat. Luol Deng added 13 points and Hassan Whiteside had 13 points and 12 rebounds. Miami shot 48 percent (37 for 77) from the field, led by Wade’s 11-for-18 effort.
Jackson also shot 11 for 18 as the Pistons finished at 49 percent (36 for 73).
James Ennis’ dunk gave Miami a 93-78 lead with 7:02 remaining and the heat appeared headed for an easy win.
However, Jackson’s three-point play 90 seconds later started the Pistons’ wild closing finish.
Jackson had 12 points during the game-winning run, and Caldwell-Pope had five – including a 27-foot 3-pointer with 1:08 remaining that pulled Detroit to 98-97.
After Wade missed a 10-footer with 10 seconds to go, Jackson raced up the court and flipped in the go-ahead bucket.
The Pistons started the game hitting their first seven field goals, including three 3-pointers, to take an 18-11 lead in the first 4 minutes.
Over the next 20 minutes, though, the Heat defense clamped down, forcing 10 turnovers and holding Detroit to 33 percent shooting during that span.
Miami trailed by five after one quarter, but used a 22-6 run to take a 46-35 lead miway through the second. Shawne Williams’ buzzer-beating 3 pulled the Pistons to 55-50 at halftime.
Pistons: After scoring seven points against the Heat, Tayshaun Prince pulled within 11 of 10,000 as a member of the Pistons. Prince, a Pistons first-round pick in the 2002 draft, was dealt to Memphis in January 2013 and returned to Detroit in February. … Shawne Williams was 1-of-21 from 3-point range for the Pistons this season before his buzzer-beater just before halftime. … This was the third and final regular-season matchup between the two teams. Detroit beat Miami, 108-91, in February and the Heat won 109-102 in March.
Heat: Udonis Haslem returned to the lineup after missing two games with a stomach illness and scored the first bucket of the game. He finished with six points and four rebounds.
Pistons: Host Boston on Wednesday.
Heat: At Indiana on Sunday.
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