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Heat, LeBron flatten Pistons; on to Cleveland

By Associated Press

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MIAMI » And to think Miami Heat coach Erik Spoelstra was worried that the looming distractions of the ultra-hyped game in Cleveland would take away from Miami's focus yesterday.

Not a problem.

LeBron James scored 18 points, Chris Bosh and Dwyane Wade each scored 16 and the Heat rolled past the Detroit Pistons 97-72, dominating the second half with defense.

Next up: James' homecoming of sorts in Cleveland today.

"It's going to be emotional for myself, going back to Cleveland to the fans that I still love to this day," James said. "Lot of great memories, but I've got to try to put that in the back of my mind, understand that we're coming in to get a win, and play hard and try to get a 'W.' "

Said Wade: "This family, his new family, has his back and loves him truly and dearly. And we want nothing but great things for him. So we're going to try to go out there and get another win. We want to win three games in a row and it's a special game for our brother ... and we're all going to play hard for him."

Play like it did last night, and Miami will be fine.

"We can start thinking about tomorrow now," Bosh said. "We did a good job just blocking it out and taking care of tonight."

It was Miami's second-stingiest defensive showing of the season, only bettered by holding Orlando to 70 points on Oct. 29. The Pistons shot just 36 percent, and no Detroit starter reached double figures.

Notes

» Atlanta Hawks' four-time all-star Joe Johnson, who signed a six-year deal worth almost $124 million before the season, will need surgery to remove a "loose body" in his right elbow and is expected to be sidelined for four to six weeks.

» Shane Battier scored 11 of his 17 points in the final 3 minutes as Houston handed the Los Angeles Lakers their fourth loss in a row, 109-99.

» Blake Griffin had 31 points and 13 rebounds as the Los Angeles Clippers ended an 18-game skid against the San Antonio Spurs, 90-85.

 

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HEAT 97, PISTONS 72

DETROIT
Prince 4-11 0-0 8, Maxiell 1-4 0-2 2, Wallace 2-4 0-0 4, Stuckey 1-7 5-6 8, Hamilton 3-11 2-2 9, Monroe 7-8 1-4 15, Bynum 2-7 1-1 5, Villanueva 4-10 0-2 10, McGrady 0-0 0-0 0, Gordon 2-4 0-0 5, Daye 1-8 0-0 2, Wilcox 1-3 2-2 4. Totals 28-77 11-19 72.

MIAMI
James 8-15 1-2 18, Bosh 6-11 4-8 16, Ilgauskas 3-5 2-2 8, Arroyo 2-7 0-0 4, Wade 7-9 2-5 16, Anthony 0-3 0-0 0, Howard 6-9 0-0 12, Jones 3-8 0-0 9, Chalmers 1-4 2-2 4, House 3-5 2-2 10, Dampier 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-76 13-21 97.

Detroit 18 24 9 21 -- 72
Miami 29 25 19 24 -- 97

3-Point Goals--Detroit 5-19 (Villanueva 2-5, Stuckey 1-1, Gordon 1-3, Hamilton 1-5, Bynum 0-1, Prince 0-1, Daye 0-3), Miami 6-12 (Jones 3-6, House 2-3, James 1-1, Chalmers 0-1, Arroyo 0-1). Fouled Out--None. Rebounds--Detroit 49 (Monroe 8), Miami 53 (Jones, Bosh 7). Assists--Detroit 11 (Gordon, Prince, Bynum, Hamilton 2), Miami 23 (Chalmers 6). Total Fouls--Detroit 16, Miami 18. A--19,600 (19,600).

 

NBA Standings

EASTERN CONFERENCE
Atlantic Division W L Pct GB
Boston 14 4 .778 --
New York 10 9 .526 4 1/2
Toronto 7 11 .389 7
New Jersey 6 13 .316 8 1/2
Philadelphia 5 13 .278 9
Southeast W L Pct GB
Orlando 14 4 .778 --
Atlanta 12 7 .632 2 1/2
Miami 11 8 .579 3 1/2
Charlotte 6 12 .333 8
Washington 5 12 .294 8 1/2
Central W L Pct GB
Chicago 9 7 .563 --
Indiana 9 8 .529 1/2
Cleveland 7 10 .412 2 1/2
Milwaukee 6 12 .333 4
Detroit 6 13 .316 4 1/2
WESTERN CONFERENCE
Southwest W L Pct GB
San Antonio 15 3 .833 --
Dallas 14 4 .778 1
New Orleans 13 5 .722 2
Memphis 8 11 .421 7 1/2
Houston 6 12 .333 9
Northwest W L Pct GB
Utah 15 5 .750 --
Oklahoma City 13 6 .684 1 1/2
Denver 11 6 .647 2 1/2
Portland 8 10 .444 6
Minnesota 4 14 .222 10
Pacific W L Pct GB
L.A. Lakers 13 6 .684 --
Phoenix 8 9 .471 4
Golden State 8 10 .444 4 1/2
Sacramento 4 12 .250 7 1/2
L.A. Clippers 4 15 .211 9

Yesterday
Atlanta 112, Memphis 109
Oklahoma City 123, New Jersey 120,3OT
Toronto 127, Washington 108
Boston 99, Portland 95
Miami 97, Detroit 72
Orlando 107, Chicago 78
New Orleans 89, Charlotte 73
Dallas 100, Minnesota 86
Houston 109, L.A. Lakers 99
Denver 105, Milwaukee 94
Utah 110, Indiana 88
L.A. Clippers 90, San Antonio 85

Today
Miami at Cleveland, 3 p.m.
Phoenix at Golden State, 5:30 p.m.

Tomorrow
New Jersey at Charlotte, 2 p.m.
Oklahoma City at Toronto, 2 p.m.
Portland at Washington, 2 p.m.
Philadelphia at Atlanta, 2:30 p.m.
Orlando at Detroit, 2:30 p.m.
Houston at Memphis, 3 p.m.
New York at New Orleans, 3 p.m.
Chicago at Boston, 3 p.m.
Minnesota at San Antonio, 3:30 p.m.
L.A. Clippers at Denver, 4 p.m.
Indiana at Phoenix, 4 p.m.
Sacramento at L.A. Lakers, 5:30 p.m.
Dallas at Utah, 5:30 p.m.





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