- The Washington Times - Sunday, March 22, 2009

AUBURN HILLS, MICH. (AP) - Dwyane Wade scored 39 points, Udonis Haslem hit the go-ahead jumper with 6.3 seconds left and the Miami Heat beat the short-handed Detroit Pistons 101-96 on Sunday.

Wade also blocked two shots in the final 30 seconds, helping fifth-place Miami stretch its lead over Detroit to three games in the Eastern Conference standings.

Rodney Stuckey scored 24 points and Antonio McDyess had 16 points and 14 rebounds for the seventh-place Pistons.

Walter Hermann’s baseline 3-pointer gave the Pistons a 96-95 lead with 13 seconds left.

Mario Chalmers missed at the other end, but Haslem grabbed the rebound and hit a high-arcing shot to put the Heat back in front for good.

Detroit led for most of the game despite missing three key players _ Richard Hamilton (groin), Rasheed Wallace (calf) and Allen Iverson (back). Iverson has missed 13 straight games, while Wallace has been out for seven and Hamilton four.

Wade then blocked Stuckey’s driving layup, and Detroit coach Michael Curry was ejected for arguing the call. Haslem, who was fouled by McDyess on the play, hit four free throws _ including two for the technicals on Curry _ with 0.6 seconds left to close the scoring.

Jamario Moon had 17 points, Haslem finished with 16 and Jermaine O’Neal 14 for Miami.

Tayshaun Prince scored 14 points and Arron Afflalo had 13 for the Pistons.

After trailing since the game’s first basket, the Heat tied the score at 78 on Moon’s driving layup with 7:35 to play. Moments later, Miami coach Erik Spoelstra picked up a technical that started a quick 5-0 run for Detroit.

Wade’s fast-break dunk tied the score at 89 with 3 minutes left, but Jason Maxiell blocked O’Neal’s go-ahead slam attempt on Miami’s next possession.

After a Detroit miss, Stuckey fouled Wade, and his free throws gave Miami their first lead of the afternoon. Stuckey hit two free throws to tie it at 91, and the teams traded baskets to leave the game tied with a minute left.

O’Neal tipped in Haslem’s miss to put the Heat ahead 95-93, and Wade blocked Afflalo’s 3-point attempt, but Detroit retained possession and Herrmann’s 3 gave the Pistons their last lead.

The first half turned into a duel between Wade and Stuckey, who had missed Detroit’s previous game with flu-like symptoms. Wade won the individual battle, outscoring Stuckey 17-15, but the Pistons took a 47-43 lead at the break.

Wade scored another 14 points in the third, giving him 31, but his teammates only contributed 10 more, letting Detroit hang on to a 73-67 lead going into the fourth.

Notes:@ Neither team hit a 3-pointer in the first half, combining to go 0-for-9, while the Heat didn’t have an offensive rebound. Miami finished 5-for-11 and the Pistons 2-for-12. … Miami finished with 10 blocks, including four by Wade. Moon had three, and O’Neal, Michael Beasley and Jamaal Magloire one each.

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