Heat rally to down Pistons 100-98
Updated: 2006-02-13 09:33
MIAMI - Dwyane Wade led the comeback and then the celebration, skipping along
the sideline and high-fiving jubilant fans. The Miami Heat finally showed they
can beat the elite, especially when they have Wade as a weapon.
He scored the Heat's last 17 points, including the game-winner on a 16-footer
with 2.3 seconds left, and they edged the Detroit Pistons 100-98 Sunday.
Miami Heat guard
Dwyane Wade reacts after scoring the winning basket against the Detroit
Pistons in the fourth quarter of an NBA basketball game Sunday, Feb. 12,
2006, in Miami. [Reuters]
Touted before the season as title contenders, the Heat improved to 1-7
against the NBA's four top teams. But they needed a frantic rally to do it.
Miami trailed 90-83 with 4 1/2 minutes left when Wade took over. His 17
consecutive points were a franchise record, and he finished with 37.
"It was a lot of fun," he said. "It was time for me. I had to come through
and help this team win. I put it on my shoulders at the end to make some plays."
Wade sank his final seven shots and scored 28 points in the second half.
"Dwyane took the game over," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said. "He got a lot
of shots up, and we couldn't get any help over."
Shaquille O'Neal kept the Heat in the game early and finished with a
season-high 31 points.
"It was a big win," O'Neal said. "We could have let it slip away, but we kept
on fighting. Now we have to develop some type of consistency. Anybody can win
one game. We have to do that night in and night out."
Chauncey Billups had 29 points and 10 assists for the Pistons. They've lost
three of their past five games but still have the NBA's best record at 41-9.
"The Heat might look at this as being bigger than it
really is," Billups said. "It's just another win. But they have struggled
against teams with better records, so beating the team with the No. 1 record is
a big win for them."