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Thursday, April 6th (All times eastern)

Detroit Pistons (60-14) at Miami Heat (49-25), 8 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Detroit Pistons will try to extend their five-game winning streak this evening when they visit the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena for an Eastern Conference showdown.

The top-seeded Pistons posted a 101-93 win over the New Orleans/Oklahoma City Hornets on Tuesday at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

Antonio McDyess had 26 points and 14 rebounds, while Chauncey Billups compiled 22 points and 11 assists for Detroit, which has won nine of its last 10 games.

Dale Davis made his first start of the season in place of forward Rasheed Wallace, who was serving an automatic one-game suspension for receiving his 16th technical foul of the season during a victory over Phoenix.

The Central Division-champion Pistons just went 3-0 on their brief homestand and will hit the road for a pair of games. Detroit, which will visit Orlando on Friday, has won three straight on the road and is 26-11 away from the Palace of Auburn Hills this season.

Miami, meanwhile, ended a two-game losing streak with Tuesday's 115-89 win over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Shaquille O'Neal scored 24 points and pulled down 10 rebounds to lead the Heat, who won for the 19th time in their last 24 games. Dwyane Wade totaled 14 points, eight rebounds and eight assists, as Miami owns a 3 1/2 game lead over New Jersey for the No. 2 spot in the East.

The Heat have won six in a row at home and are 29-7 as the host this season.

Thursday's game between Detroit and Miami is the fourth and final meeting of the season. The Pistons own a 2-1 lead in the season series and have won nine of the last 11 matchups against Miami.

Detroit has won five of its last seven in South Beach.

04/06 10:28:35 ET


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