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Wade misfires, Pistons win by 2
Compiled from Times wires
Published December 1, 2006
MIAMI - Dwyane Wade missed two open jumpers in the final 67 seconds to cap a bad shooting night, and the Pistons held off the Heat 87-85 Thursday night to extend their winning streak to seven games.
Wade, who had scored at least 33 in each of the past three games, shot only 5-for-23 and scored 21. With Miami trailing 86-85, he missed from 18 feet with 1:07 left, then missed from 19 feet with two seconds left.
"I want to hit every one of them, but it's not scripted that way," Wade said. "I was off. I had a lot of good, open pull-ups that I normally knock down."
Richard Hamilton, who guarded Wade much of the night, went 9-for-17 and led Detroit with 24 points.
The Heat, which had shot better than 55 percent in the past two games, settled for 41 percent and fell to 3-6 at home. It lost despite 20 points and 10 rebounds from former Florida standout Udonis Haslem.
The game, the first this season between the two teams, was a rematch of the Eastern final the past two seasons. Miami defeated Detroit in the spring en route to the NBA title, but the Pistons have won 14 of the past 17 regular-season meetings.
Wade took a nasty spill when fouled on a drive, rose slowly and then sank two free throws to make it 74-all midway through the fourth quarter.
Rasheed Wallace's 3-pointer with 5:40 left put the Pistons ahead to stay 79-76. Chauncey Billups' 3-pointer on the next possession increased the margin to six.
Miami led by up to 11 points early. The Pistons went ahead for the first time with 3:23 left in the third quarter on a jumper by Hamilton.
DETROIT (87): Prince 5-11 2-3 12, Wallace 3-7 0-0 8, Mohammed 2-5 4-8 8, Hamilton 9-17 5-6 24, Billups 3-8 2-3 11, Davis 0-1 0-0 0, Hunter 1-4 1-2 3, McDyess 3-8 0-0 6, Murray 4-5 2-4 10, Delfino 1-3 2-2 5. Totals 31-69 18-28 87.
3-Point Goals-Detroit 7-15 (Billups 3-5, Wallace 2-4, Delfino 1-1, Hamilton 1-2, Hunter 0-1, Prince 0-2), Miami 6-11 (Posey 3-3, Kapono 1-1, Payton 1-2, Wade 1-4, Williams 0-1). Fouled Out-None. Rebounds-Detroit 53 (Wallace 9), Miami 48 (Haslem 10). Assists-Detroit 13 (Billups 7), Miami 16 (Wade 8). Total Fouls-Detroit 17, Miami 22. Technicals-Wallace, Miami Defensive Three Second 2, Mourning. A-19,600. (19,600).
BOWLING? WE'RE TALKING ABOUT BOWLING!: Allen Iverson didn't attend a "meet and greet" event with sponsors and premium seat-holders at a Philadelphia bowling alley Wednesday night, ESPN.com reported, and coach Maurice Cheeks told the Philadelphia Daily News he "will be fined accordingly." The paper reported that Iverson was upset when he left practice Wednesday. Cheeks said Iverson left because he was "fatigued." When asked if Iverson was upset, Cheeks replied, "Whatever happened between him and me, I'd like to keep that private."
Meantime, forward Shavlik Randolph broke his left ankle at practice when he collided with teammate Andre Iguodala. Randolph averaged 4.5 points and 4.2 rebounds and started the past six games in Chris Webber's absence.
MAVERICKS: Forward Dirk Nowitzki didn't practice because of bruised right retina, but was listed as probable for tonight's game against Sacramento.
SONICS: Hall of Famer Lenny Wilkens was named vice chairman in addition to his role as a television broadcaster for the team. Wilkens, who has the most wins in NBA history, will oversee community relations and other business activities for the Sonics and Seattle Storm of the WNBA, and will also be an adviser within the teams' basketball operations, the club said.