Miami Heat 110, Detroit Pistons 78
LeBron James: A
7-13 FG, 17 points, 10 rebounds, 12 assists
It was one of those games that LeBron silently dominated. He took the right shots, made the right passes the efficiently dismantled a Pistons defense. This is his first triple-double of the season, oddly enough.
Udonis Haslem: A
8-11 FG, 17 points, 5 rebounds
Haslem got yet another start and after impressing on defense against the Pacers, came out swinging on offense tonight. Haslem made his first six shots and finished with a season-high 17 points.
Chris Bosh: B+
6-10 FG (2-3 3FG), 15 points, 9 rebounds, 3 assists, 2 blocks
James Jones: C+
3-8 FG (3-6 3FG), 10 points, 3 assists
Playing for the first time since he ran two minutes against the Philadelphia 76ers on Jan. 17, Jones got his most significant playing time of the season with 27 minutes tonight.
Norris Cole: B-
32 minutes, 4-9 FG, 12 points, 7 assists, 5 rebounds, 1 steal
Cole’s shot selection wasn’t the best this game but he managed to create his own shot and keep the pace up on a night when the Heat were missing most of the guys that can do that. He came off the bench despite Mario Chalmers sitting out tonight but outplayed the starting Toney Douglas.
Miami Heat: A
Miami was missing three starters and Ray Allen and managed to destroy the Pistons. The most impressive stat of the night? They started off the game with 18 assists and no turnovers. Hopefully this game wasn’t just one giant Ewing Theory and this energizes a team that needed some confidence. Speaking of confidence builders, the Heat play the Milwaukee Bucks Saturday at 8:30 PM ET.