AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) - LeBron James took a look at the stat sheet after three quarters and liked what he saw.
There was a lot to like.
It was James‘ first triple-double of the season and No. 37 for his career.
“That thing has been pretty elusive, hasn’t it?” James asked. “I’m just glad it came in a win. That is the important thing about getting those. It is only special if you win the game.”
James had a triple-double without needing a point, assist or rebound in the final quarter for the fourth time in his career. His last triple-double through three quarters was Jan. 27, 2009, for Cleveland against Sacramento, according to STATS.
“At this point, there’s somebody out every night,” James lamented.
The Heat had plenty of players make up for the losses.
Udonis Haslem scored 12 of his 17 points in the first quarter, when James already had seven assists. Chris Bosh scored 15, Chris Andersen had 13 points, Norris Cole scored 12 and James Jones added 10 for Miami.
“This was one of those games where we had to have different guys step up,” Miami coach Erik Spoelstra said. “You can’t make excuses about lineups and injuries in this league. We’ve got to win games with the guys you can put on the floor every night.”
Greg Monroe and Will Bynum each had 12 points and Kyle Singler scored 11 for the Pistons, who honored their 1989 championship team at halftime. Detroit’s Andre Drummond had 12 points and eight rebounds while Josh Smith was held to nine points on 4-of-14 shooting.
The Bad Boys didn’t seem to inspire the current players, whose lack of effort was “mind-boggling” to Loyer.
“We didn’t lay it on the line,” Loyer said.