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Friday, April 9th (All times eastern)

Detroit Pistons (25-53) at Miami Heat (44-34), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Miami Heat have been beating up on the also-rans of the NBA during their nine-game winning streak and will try to stay on track tonight against the lowly Detroit Pistons at AmericanAirlines Arena.

The Heat have beaten the likes of New Jersey, Detroit, Indiana, Minnesota and Philadelphia on their current ride, and are coming off Tuesday's 99-95 triumph over the 76ers in south Florida. Dwyane Wade scored eight of his 22 points in the fourth quarter and Dorell Wright added 19 points off the bench for the playoff-bound Heat, who have won a season-high nine in a row for the first time since February 28 - March 16 of the 2006-07 season.

Carlos Arroyo added 15 points in the victory, while Udonis Haslem had 11 points and 11 rebounds off the bench. Miami's longest winning streak was a 14- game burst from December 6, 2004 - January 1, 2005, and hasn't won 10 in a row since the 2006 campaign.

"You see that passion, focus, what it means to them," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, "and it's setting a great example for the rest of the team."

Miami has won three straight as the host and is 23-16 at home. It is tied with Milwaukee for the No. 5 seed in the Eastern Conference.

Detroit has won back-to-back games since an 11-game losing streak, and is coming off Wednesday's improbable 90-88 victory over the playoff-bound Atlanta Hawks at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

Ben Gordon registered 22 points and seven assists off the bench, while Will Bynum added 17 points for the Pistons, who will also visit Charlotte on their short road trip and are 8-30 away from home this season.

"We were able to make some good defensive plays, and that's what helped us win the game," Gordon said.

Austin Daye provided 13 points and 10 boards in the win. On the injury front for the Pistons, guards Richard Hamilton (ankle) and Rodney Stuckey (ribs), forward Tayshaun Prince (personal) and center Jason Maxiell (back) are all listed as questionable for Friday.

Miami has won the first two meetings with Detroit this season and hasn't swept a series in this matchup since the 2000-01 season (4-0). The Heat are unbeaten in the last five encounters with the Pistons.

These two teams have split the last 18 meetings at Miami.

04/09 10:52:33 ET


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