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Wednesday, February 4th (All times eastern)

Miami Heat (26-21) at Detroit Pistons (25-21), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons haven't been taking advantage of their homecourt lately and will close out a three-game residency this evening versus the Miami Heat at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The Pistons have lost four in a row at home and five of their last six as the host, including Sunday's 90-80 loss versus the Cleveland Cavaliers. Allen Iverson scored 22 points and Richard Hamilton recorded 16 for the Pistons, who are 0-2 on the homestand.

Tayshaun Prince added 11 points in a losing cause, as Detroit fell to 13-11 at The Palace this season. Detroit is 3-9 over its last 12 games overall and could be without guard Rodney Stuckey on Wednesday. Stuckey left in the fourth quarter of Sunday's game with a thigh contusion and is listed as questionable.

The Heat will kick off a quick two-game road trip at Detroit and Philadelphia, and are 10-13 away from South Beach this season. They ended a two-game slide with a 119-95 victory over the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday in Miami, as NBA leading scorer Dwyane Wade scored 32 points and added nine assists to lead the way. Wade leads the league with 28.5 points per game.

Rookie Michael Beasley finished with 18 points and seven rebounds off the bench for the Heat, who won for the fourth time in six tries. Mario Chalmers contributed 15 points and eight assists, while Shawn Marion had 11 points and seven boards in his return to the court. Marion had missed the last five games because of a strained groin.

Miami will be without the services of guard Daequan Cook Wednesday night because of a bruised left thigh.

The Pistons went 4-0 against the Heat a year ago and have won five straight, eight of nine and 16 of the past 19 meetings. Miami hasn't played so hot in Auburn Hills, dropping five straight and 10 of its last 11 games there.

02/04 10:28:13 ET


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