DETROIT (AP) — Tyler Herro had 31 points and eight rebounds as the Miami Heat defeated the Detroit Pistons 100-92 on Tuesday night.
Miami (12-6) defeated the Pistons 27-6 in the first 8:17 of the fourth quarter to turn a nine-point deficit into a 12-point lead.
“It wasn’t just Tyler. Our whole second unit turned the game around in the third quarter,” said Heat coach Erik Spoelstra. “We really didn’t have an offensive rhythm in the first three quarters – and Detroit had a lot to do with that – but we made some stops and that helped us get started on the offensive.”
Jimmy Butler and Bam Adebayo each added 15 points and nine rebounds for the Heat, who won for the fifth time in six games. Kyle Lowry had 15 points, eight assists and six rebounds.
“It’s easy to get assists when Tyler shoots like this,” said Lowry, who had seven assists in the fourth. “I would give him the ball and he would hit a 3.”
Jerami Grant had 21 points and seven rebounds for Detroit (4-13), which went 1-4 at home. The Pistons played centerless Isaiah Stewart, who was serving the first of a two-game suspension for Sunday’s altercation with Lakers star LeBron James.
Detroit led the Lakers on Sunday 15 after three quarters before losing 121-116.
“The game is different in the fourth quarter and we are still learning how to deal with that,” said Pistons coach Dwane Casey. “You can be 10 or 15 higher, but it doesn’t matter because of the three-pointer and the way teams show it up late.”
The Pistons led 53-47 at halftime and Miami was unable to score a significant point in the third quarter. Hamadou Diallo’s layup with 0.2 seconds left in the period gave Detroit a 76-67 lead going into fourth.
Herro’s back-to-back 3s narrowed the deficit to 77-74, and Casey called timeout at 9:58 to play.
“We played slow for three quarters, but we got rolling in the fourth,” said Herro, who had 14 points in the fourth. “I’ve always been the guy who took big pictures all the way back to high school, so this is the situation I love. I want to win competitions.”
The timeout didn’t help much, as Herro’s floater gave the Heat an 80-79 lead with 8:09 to go, and Herro hit another 3-pointer on the next possession. After a miss by Pistons, Dewayne Dedmon’s dunk gave Miami a 85-79 lead, extending the series to 18-3, leading to another time-out for Detroit.
“They went to a zone and we just couldn’t get a bucket,” Casey said. “We didn’t score and we didn’t control Herro.”
Heat: Duncan Robinson played despite a bruised knee, extending his run of consecutive games to 165. Glen Rice holds the franchise record with 174.
Pistons: With Stewart suspended and Kelly Olynyk (knee) weeks away from a potential return, rookie center Luka Garza got his first NBA start. Garza scored seven points in 17 minutes.
“As a kid, you naturally dream of doing what I did tonight,” Garza said. “It was great, but I wish I had stayed out of trouble and could have helped win the game.”
Heat: Visit the Minnesota Timberwolves on Wednesday, the third stop of a four-game road trip.
Pistons: At the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday to begin a five-game road trip.
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