There are game recaps. And there are game recaps that become summarized by one statistic.
The Miami Heat who hosted the Detroit Pistons Wednesday night outscored the “Motor City,” 33-8 in the third quarter. The Heat led by five at halftime.
The Heat cooked the Pistons 108-74. The win was valuable for the Heat in the Eastern Conference playoff race which the Pistons are currently in also.
Justise Winslow scored 16 points for Miami, which had seven players in double figures. Dion Waiters scored 14, Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside each had 13 and Wade finished with 11 for Miami.
With less than seven minutes to play, the Heat faithful chanted, “we want Haslem,” moments later Udonis Haslem walk to the scorers’ table.
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.
Blake Griffin scored 13 points for Detroit, which got 11 from Wayne Ellington. Detroit missed its first 11 shots of the third quarter, eight of them from 3-point range.
Andre Drummond fouled out with 6:30 left and finished with five points and nine rebounds — snapping his run of 19 consecutive double-doubles, which left him tied with Bob Lanier for the Pistons’ record.
The Pistons have now dropped consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 25 and 29 — and both were blowout losses.
The beat goes on.
Pistons, host the Los Angeles Lakers on Friday. Heat, host Milwaukee on Friday.