Second half run helps Miami top Detroit 108-74
Thursday, March 14, 2019

(MIAMI) - The outcome was in doubt at halftime. It didn't stay that way for long. And thanks to a 21-0 run to open the second half, the Miami Heat now have a tiny bit of breathing room in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The biggest Heat run of the season led to the biggest Heat win of the season, a 108-74 romp past the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night. Justise Winslow scored 16 points for Miami, which had seven players in double figures. Dion Waiters scored 14 points while Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside each had 13 points. Blake Griffin scored 13 points for Detroit, which also got 11 points from Wayne Ellington. Detroit missed its first 11 shots of the third quarter, eight of them from 3-point range. The Pistons have now dropped consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 25 and 29, and both were blowout losses. Andre Drummond fouled out with 6:30 left and finished with 5 points and 9 rebounds, snapping his run of 19 consecutive double-doubles. That leaves him tied with Bob Lainer for the Pistons' all time record streak in that department. Miami (32-35) is still No. 8 in the East, now two games ahead of No. 9 Orlando and two games back of No. 7 Detroit.