A game after a quadruple overtime win, the Detroit Pistons notched another close victory, this time coming from behind on the road against the Miami Heat on Tuesday night for a 93-92 victory.
The Pistons did not need four extra periods in this one as Kentavious Caldwell-Pope heated-up late scoring the Pistons’ last seven points, including the game-winner with less than a minute to go in the game. Dwyane Wade and Chris Bosh had their chances of giving back the lead and stealing the victory from the Pistons but both missed their jumpers in the final seconds of the game.
The Heat were in control after the first quarter outscoring the Pistons, 34-18 to start the game. However, the Pistons stormed back thanks to a 36-18 second quarter and hang around with the home team the entire second half.
The Pistons finally stole the lead with exactly two minutes to go at 91-89 when Caldwell-Pope, who had 14 points total, hit a three-pointer.
Reggie Jackson led the way with 18 points on 8-of-16 shooting while Andre Drummond posted a double-double of 11 points and 12 rebounds with 2 blocked shots. Stanley Johnson and Steve Blake added 14 and 12 points, respectively, off the bench for the Pistons, who have now won three straight games and five of their last six outings to improve to 17 wins against 12 losses for the year, good for sixth place in the Eastern Conference.
The Heat dropped to 16-11 after losing two of their last three games. Miami played without starting point guard Goran Dragic, who was out due to a hand injury. Bosh had 20 points, Wade had 19 and Hassan Whiteside had 16 points and 16 rebounds.
Up next, the Heat face the New Orleans Pelicans and the Pistons take on the Atlanta Hawks.