NBA Game Summary - Miami at Detroit
(Wednesday, March 31st)
Final Score: Miami 98, Detroit 81
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Michael Beasley posted 28 points and nine rebounds and Miami cruised past Detroit, 98-81, for its sixth straight win despite a poor shooting night from Dwyane Wade.
"I wasn't trying to do too much," Beasley said. "I was trying to be aggressive, stay confident, and it worked out."
Wade connected on just 4-of-13 shots from the field for 10 points, but the Heat nevertheless got within a half-game of Milwaukee for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference playoff race.
Miami maintained its 1 1/2-game lead over seventh-place Charlotte.
Dorell Wright and Quentin Richardson each hit four of Miami's 12 three- pointers to finish with 17 and 16 points, respectively, in the lopsided win.
Rodney Stuckey and Tayshaun Prince led the Pistons with 18 and 17 points, respectively, in the Central Division bottom-dwellers' ninth straight loss.
Detroit head coach John Kuester also benched forward Charlie Villanueva, who signed a five-year, $35 million contract with the club in the offseason.
"Nothing was said to me. I don't know what's going on," Villanueva said of the benching.
The Pistons held a slim 25-23 advantage after 12 minutes, but the Heat took over with a 17-2 spurt between the 10- and five-minute marks of the second.
Wright scored nine on the stretch and his three capped it for a 44-31 lead.
The score at halftime was 54-45 in favor of the visitors, and Beasley's putback dunk finished off a nine-point Miami run for a healthy 69-51 cushion with 4:35 left in the third.
Wade's late bucket provided a 75-62 differential heading to the fourth, and Wright hit a three early in the stanza to push the differential to an insurmountable margin of 82-62.
The last time Miami won six in a row was during a nine-game spurt in the 2006-07 campaign...Heat center Jermaine O'Neal missed the game due to a right knee ailment, while Detroit's Richard Hamilton didn't play because of an ankle injury...Miami has won five straight over Detroit after losing the previous six matchups...Udonis Haslem recorded 10 points and 10 rebounds for Miami, which shot 49.3 percent overall...Will Bynum netted 13 points for Detroit.
03/31 23:48:28 ET