Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey each scored 16 for Detroit, which got 15 apiece from Josh Smith and Brandon Jennings. The Pistons led by 18 before Miami got within three points in the fourth, but never trailed in the game’s final 47 minutes.
Jennings sealed it with just over two minutes left, stealing the ball from LeBron James and setting up Monroe for an easy score.
James and Michael Beasley each scored 23 for Miami, who were playing without guard Dwyane Wade, who was held out because of soreness.
It’s the fourth game Wade has missed this season. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra says Wade was feeling some soreness after Sunday’s win over Charlotte. The team has been cautious with Wade as he recovers from off-season therapy to deal with knee tendinitis, one of several problems he dealt with down the stretch of last season.
PELICANS: Anthony Davis is expected to be sidelined four to six weeks because of his broken left hand.
The second-year big man and 2012 top overall draft choice was diagnosed with a non-displaced fracture of the fifth metacarpal of his left hand after Sunday night’s victory over the Knicks in New York.
BULLS: Assigned backup point guard Marquis Teague to the Iowa Energy of the NBA Development League.
A first-round draft pick out of Kentucky in 2012, Teague had fallen behind veteran Mike James in the rotation. He averaged 1.2 points, 0.8 assists and 8.9 minutes in nine games.
TRYING TO GET CLEAN: Former NBA player Keon Clark says he’s trying to turn his life around after landing in jail on new weapon, drug and traffic-related charges.
The Danville, Ill., native has been in the Vermilion County Jail since Aug. 4, where he’s being held on $100,000 bond. A hearing is scheduled today on a possible plea deal, which Clark said he still hasn’t accepted.
Clark was 23 when he became the 13th overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft.
He has spoken publicly of his long battle with alcohol, which he says also occurred during his NBA career.
Clark, now 38, says he wasn’t prepared mentally to handle the lifestyle of a professional athlete.
“The money, the fame, the fact that I was on TV. People think money will make your life better. Money didn’t dissolve my problems. It increased them,” he said, adding that he’s been getting counseling while he’s in custody.