Feb 3, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Heat small forward LeBron James (right) high fives teammate shooting guard Dwyane Wade (left) during the first half against the Detroit Pistons at American Airlines Arena. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

James, Wade Dominate; Heat Beat Pistons 102-96

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The Heat defeated the Pistons Monday night, 102-96, to improve to 34-13 on the season.

For the Heat, Dwyane Wade finished with a double-double, a team-high 30 points and 10 rebounds, in addition to five assists. LeBron James finished with 24 points, a game-high 11 assists and eight rebounds. Chris Bosh finished with 17 points and seven rebounds.

For the Pistons, Brandon Jennings finished with 26 points and seven assists. Rodney Stuckey tallied 20 points and seven rebounds off the bench. Greg Monroe chipped in 17 points and 11 rebounds.

This was not a pretty win at all for the Heat, but it’s one they will take to keep pace with the Pacers (pun intended), as well as momentum before they begin their extremely long road trip. The Heat didn’t have their best game as an offense, shooting 45% from the field and committing 20 turnovers, but they were able to hold to the Pistons to 41% shooting, and forced 21 turnovers, which helped them keep the opposition at bay.

This was a vintage game for Wade, who looked like the same player that captivated the hearts of many fans with this athleticism and skill. His knee looked great for the second game in a row, and with a few days off before the next game, he should be well rested. Tonight also served as another great outing for Greg Oden, who looks to be gaining confidence in his knees with every outing.

The Heat’s next game is Wednesday, as they open their road trip in Los Angeles against the Clippers (34-16). The tip-off is scheduled for 10:30 pm.

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