The Miami Heat had a great recovery to overcome an adverse scoreboard and punish the Detroit Pistons hard, while Los Angeles Lakers squandered superb offensive work by star Russell Westbrook on a Tuesday day shortened to four games in the NBA.
The Miami quintet defeated the Pistons 100-92 thanks to 31 points and eight rebounds from Tyler Herro in a great comeback by the Florida team.
Miami (12-6) edged the Pistons 27-6 in the first 8:17 minutes of the fourth quarter to turn a nine-point deficit into a 12-card lead.
Star Jimmy Butler and center Bam Adebayo added 15 points and nine rebounds each for the Heat, who have won for the fifth time in the last six games.
Point guard Kyle Lowry had 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds also for Miami.
While, Jerami Grant finished with 21 points and seven rebounds for Detroit (4-13), he went 1-4 in his stay so far at home.
The Pistons played without center Isaiah Stewart, who served the first of a two-game suspension for Sunday’s altercation with Lakers star LeBron James.
The Pistons led 53-47 at halftime, and Miami failed to pull off a meaningful offense in the third quarter.. Hamadou Diallo’s layup with 0.2 seconds left in the period gave Detroit a 76-67 lead entering the fourth quarter.
However, consecutive triples by Herro reduced the deficit to 77-74. Herro also put the Heat ahead 80-79 with 8:09 to play.
Immediately afterwards, a dunk by Dewayne Dedmon put Miami ahead 85-79, extending the offense to 18-3.
For the Heat Duncan Robinson played despite a knee injury, extending his streak of consecutive games to 165 games. Glen Rice holds the Florida franchise record at 174.
Secondly, Los Angeles Lakers blew a 31-point triple-double by star Russell Westbrook, 13 rebounds and 10 assists and lost to the New York Knicks 106-100.
Canastero Evan Fournier scored 26 points, Immanuel Quickley added 12 of his 14 in the fourth quarter Despite losing a 25-point lead, the New York quintet submitted 106-100 to the Lakers, who played without LeBron James, suspended for a brawl against the Pistons.
Julius Randle added 20 points, 16 rebounds and five assists for the Knicks, while his teammate Quickley hit four 3-pointers in the last period to secure the win. The Lakers suffered their fourth setback in the last five outings.