Player of the Game: LeBron James — 29 points (12-for-15), 8 rebounds, 8 assists
Recap: Detroit outscored the Heat, 28 to 22 in the first quarter — the Pistons actually made 12 out of their first 18 shots. They led by as many as 17 in the second quarter before the Heat stormed back to cut the deficit to three at halftime. The Heat took control after halftime, outscoring the Pistons 52 to 33 in the second half. The nail in the coffin came when the Heat went on a 19-8 to start the fourth quarter.
Fast Break Points:
- Miami was out-rebounded 33 to 47.
- Dwayne Wade had 19 points, Mario Chalmers and Shane Battier both chipped in with 11 apiece.
- Miami shot 53.3% from the three-point line.
LeBron James (29 points, 8 rebounds, 8 assists): A-
Efficient, deadly, effective — my only problem is waiting until the fourth quarter to put it together is not going to work every game.
Dwayne Wade (19 points, 3 rebounds, 4 assists, 6 turnovers): B-
The six turnovers were too much, and 19 points is too little, especially when you’re taking 17 shots.
Chris Bosh (5 points, 6 rebounds, 1 assist): F
Do I really have to explain this? Alright, how about we just say that Jason Maxiell had more points, and as many rebounds and assists as Chris Bosh in 12 less minutes, and just call it good?
Udonis Haslem (4 points, 7 rebounds): C-
In his defense, he did only play 18 minutes, and he was 2 for 3, so all in all, he got rebounds and scored when he needed to.
Mario Chalmers (11 points, 1 rebound, 3 assists, 3 turnovers): B
Chalmers was 3 for 6 from downtown, which is what they need him to do — stretch the floor. He had too many turnovers, but he did his job of managing the team and hitting shots.