The Heat looked great on the defensive end as they shut down the Jazz on Friday and they will be eager to cap off their road trip with a win, but the Pistons have been on fire lately and they're proving to be tough to beat at home this season. A pair of free throws from Dragic in the closing seconds managed to give Miami a 58-55 halftime advantage.
Shooting guard Avery Bradley believes the team learned a lesson on Friday. First of all, he moves without the ball extremely well. "We had nothing to do with Winslow missing the dunk". The Pistons swept their five-game home stand and remain second in the Eastern Conference behind Boston (12-2).
The assists are a product of Drummond handling the ball at the elbow and in the post much more frequently.
Center Andre Drummond (14.2 points, 15.6 rebounds, 3.2 assists) delivered another strong performance against the Hawks with 16 points, 20 rebounds and a career-high seven assists. "I loved his confidence". The over-under is set at 202 points.
■ The Heat's game plan seemed to be to exploit the Pistons' defense on 3-pointers, with 16 of their 22 attempts in the first quarter coming from beyond the arc.
"Other than the (Golden State) Warriors win, this was our best win", Van Gundy said. The Pistons out-rebounded the Heat 54-39 tonight despite trailing the Heat 42-38 in the paint.
The Heat were led by Dion Waiters with 21 points in the win at Utah.
Kennard might not find consistent playing time this year, but Sunday night shows he was a worthwhile lottery pick. It has brought new life to a once-neglected area of Detroit, with retail shops, upmarket restaurants and handsome new or recently renovated housing. "He just stepped up and hit some big shots, stepped up and made some huge defensive plays".
"It's the Pistons, man - they never win", said Daniel Bronston, 29, a cook who was at a game against the Minnesota Timberwolves late last month. Walton also was at his alma mater on Saturday night, participating in the banner raising for the Wolverines' Big Ten Tournament title and getting his ring. However, he needs to keep improving and moving the ball on offense. He had seven assists and six turnovers. Even with a defender in his face, he rises up quickly and balances himself off the catch.
Eric Moreland blocked two shots in his five minutes, but couldn't stay on the floor because of his three quick fouls. However, over the final 4:30 of the period, the Pistons used a 17-8 surge to hold a slim 31-29 lead by the time the horn had sounded. We went 3 for 3 on the road, which is a tough environment. "We all said, we're home five games; let's rally all five wins and go five and oh".
Hassan Whiteside led the Heat with 20 points and a dozen boards.
If you build it, they will come. Kennard took it to heart.