Originally posted on Fox Sports Florida  |  Last updated 1/25/13
Game time: 7:30 p.m. ETTV: Sun Sports Minus Dwyane Wade, Miami's lengthy winning streak versus Detroit came to an end last month. Based on the way Wade has performed in the last two games overall, the Heat might have a good chance to lay the foundation for another positive run against the Pistons. Coming off his highest-scoring game of the season, Wade looks to help the Heat to a fourth consecutive victory when they host the Pistons on Friday night. Wade's 20.5-point average is his lowest since his rookie season, but he's averaging 2.0 fewer shot attempts than last season and shooting a career-best 51.2 percent to remain a big reason why Miami (27-12) has the best record in the Eastern Conference. He totaled 37 points while taking 28 shots over a three-game stretch before scoring 27 in a 99-90 road win over the Los Angeles Lakers last Thursday. Wade followed that with 35 points Wednesday to help the Heat rally from a 15-point first-half deficit for a 123-116 overtime victory against Toronto. "I think I have been playing decent," said Wade, who is 24 of 39 (61.5 percent) from the field in the last two games. "I just want to stay focused and hope to have the ability to have more games like this." Wade's performance, coupled with 31 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds from LeBron James and 18 points from Ray Allen, allowed the Heat to shake off the rust of a five-day layoff. Wade added seven assists, the last of which came on Allen's 3-pointer with 59.3 seconds left in overtime to seal the victory. "It was set was up to be an excuse game," coach Erik Spoelstra said after the Heat's first home game in 17 days. "Hopefully the second half is more indicative of how we are playing now." Serving a one-game suspension for flailing his leg and making contact with Charlotte's Ramon Sessions on Dec. 26, Wade missed a 109-99 loss at Detroit two nights later that snapped the Heat's seven-game series winning streak. Wade has played in only three of Miami's last seven meetings with the Pistons, scoring 24 points in each while shooting 55.3 percent. James, who has averaged 31.8 points on 60.9 percent shooting in his last four games overall, scored 35 while Chris Bosh added 28 as the Heat allowed the Pistons to shoot a season-high 58.1 percent - including 12 of 19 from 3-point range - last month. Miami has won five of six at home over Detroit (16-26), which was in excellent position for a third consecutive victory but blew a 17-point second-half lead in Wednesday's 85-82 loss at Chicago. The Pistons shot 36.6 percent in the final 24 minutes to fall to 4-15 on the road. "Especially on the road, when things aren't going your way, we have to maintain our poise, our discipline, our execution on both ends to win the game," coach Lawrence Frank told the Pistons' official website. "We have to play with more poise and discipline down the stretch." Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists to help Detroit's bench outscore the Heat reserves 64-20 last month.
GET THE YARDBARKER APP:
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45
MORE FROM YARDBARKER

Star players are hurting Houston Rockets

Emmitt Smith: Adrian Peterson only current player who could break rushing record

Coach K gets buzzer-beater win over Virginia for his birthday

Baylor approves new measures to deal with sexual assault

Joe Mauer: Concussions blurred vision, affected hitting

LeBron James says Kevin Love-Celtics trade rumor is false

LIKE WHAT YOU SEE?
GET THE DAILY NEWSLETTER:

Michael Jordan gifts Kobe Bryant full set of Air Jordans

Bethune-Cookman football player killed at party

Former UFC heavyweight Kevin Randleman dead at 44

WATCH: Chelsea scores three goals in less than 20 minutes

Broncos safety Shiloh Keo arrested for DUI

Mountain West admits error, says Boise St. shot was good

Big man Karl-Anthony Towns wins NBA Skills Challenge

MLB commish: Cubs will host All-Star Game in near future

WATCH: Memphis forward recreates Vince Carter's elbow dunk in game

Bruins forward is goal scoring machine after suspension

Michael Jordan gives Kobe Bryant complete set of Air Jordans

Drake has Kentucky edition of custom ‘OVO’ Air Jordan 8s

QUIZ: Name every NBA All-Star Game MVP

Watch rare footage of Stephen Curry from 2001-02 emerges

Check out this custom camouflage Oregon helmet

Ejected John Calipari tweets “they don’t need me and I love it”

Popovich would 'buy ticket' to watch Warriors play

Jamal Murray destroyed South Carolina defender with dunk

WATCH: Lon Kruger gets Oklahoma hoops squad hype for Kansas test

NBA News
Delivered to your inbox
You'll also receive Yardbarker's daily Top 10, featuring the best sports stories from around the web. Customize your newsletter to get articles on your favorite sports and teams. And the best part? It's free!

By clicking "Sign Me Up", you have read and agreed to the Fox Sports Digital Privacy Policy and Terms of Use. You can opt out at any time. For more information, please see our Privacy Policy.
the YARDBARKER app
Get it now!
Ios_download En_app_rgb_wo_45

Ranking the ten best free agent pitcher signings

Who had the best NBA All-Star Game of the last 40 years?

The winners and losers of the 2016 MLB offseason

On Kobe Bryant and taking greatness for granted

Bucks need to choose between wins, development

Fantasy booking WrestleMania 32

Unrestricted free agents each team must consider re-signing

QUIZ: Name the winners of the NBA Slam Dunk Contest

Thank you Daniel Bryan

The timeless greatness of Jaromir Jagr

Today's Best Stuff
For Publishers
Company Info
Help
Follow Yardbarker