AUBURN HILLS, Mich. - Dwyane Wade is going to get his share of calls. He's going to get his share of non-calls, too.
That all comes with being an MVP candidate and one of the best players in the league over the past six seasons. With Wade leading the way early with his offense and late with his defense, the Heat put a happy ending to what had the makings of a horrendous four-game road trip.
Sunday's 101-96 victory over the shorthanded Pistons allowed the Heat to go 1-3 on the trip and notch its first regular-season victory in Detroit since Dec. 30, 2004. Miami (37-32) also needed the win to maintain its grip on the fifth overall seed in the East. Detroit, seventh in the East, had closed to within two games of the Heat heading into Sunday's game.
Now, the Heat returns home for a pit stop. It plays Memphis on Monday before going back on the road to play a back-to-back next week at Chicago and Indiana.
Player of the Game: Dwyane Wade - It didn't look good for Wade in the opening minutes, when he tweaked his right hip strain on his first drive to the basket. Wade winced in pain over the next several minutes. Eventually, he had the Pistons feeling his pain. Wade closed with 39 points, six assists, four blocks and two steals in 39 minutes. He said this was the best he's felt in more than a week. "The main thing is I'm starting to get my timing back." His defensive plays down the stretch were right on time.
Surprise, Surprise: Jamario Moon - He came out of nowhere and had 17 points, including eight in the fourth quarter. Moon was 3 of 5 on three-pointers. It was Moon's first game in double figures since March 11. The Heat is going to need his energy and defense. But in games like this, his unexpected shooting was huge. Moon has shown he can make those shots from deep. But he had been in such a slump that you'd almost forget that he's a 40-percent shooter three-point range.
Tough Night: Michael Beasley - He clearly wasn't in this one. As a result Beasley posted one of the worst games of his rookie season. He was 1 of 4 from the field and had only three points and four rebounds in 19 minutes. Heat coach Erik Spoelstra had made a point to mention Beasley's struggles to come up with loose balls and key rebounds in recent games. After seeing Beasley miss on three such opportunities Sunday, Spoelstra went back to veteran Udonis Haslem. It paid off, with Haslem making big plays and huge free throws down the stretch.
Shut 'em Down: Rodney Stuckey - If you believe Wade, Stuckey was defended perfectly on his final drive. If you listen to Stuckey, Wade got away with a 10-finger vice grip on the pivotal play of the game. The officials went Wade's way. Stuckey had 24 points, but was shut down by Wade, whose block with 0.6 seconds left sealed the win for Miami. Stuckey was 3 of 9 from the field in the second half.
Stat of the Game: 52.8/71.4/83.3 - Take your pick. The Heat was 52.8 percent from the field in the second half. It was 71.4 from three-point range in the second half. It was 83.3 from the free-throw line.
That Says it All: "I knew his tendencies. I know that he is a good going to right and is strong. He puts his shoulder into you. I just stayed solid and didn't get into his shot fakes and was able to get the block." - Heat guard Dwyane Wade said on his defense on Rodney Stuckey.
Next Up: Monday - Memphis Grizzlies at Heat, 7:30 p.m. AmericanAirlines Arena