MIAMI (AP) — Outfought for a late rebound by Dwyane Wade, a grinning LeBron James chided his teammate as they ran upcourt.
With the game in hand, the Miami Heat could worry about individual stats. Wade and James had handsome numbers in Monday's 102-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
James totaled 24 points, 11 assists and eight rebounds, just missing the Heat's first triple-double of the season. Wade scored 30 points, his best total since Dec. 18 in an injury-hampered season, and he added a season-high 10 rebounds and five assists.
James, who has come close to a triple-double several times this season, was blanked in the rebound department down the stretch. When Wade snatched one away from him with 4 minutes left, he heard about it from his taller teammate.
"D-Wade knew what he had going on, too," James said. "He was like, 'I need this double-double.' He had a heck of a game. He was spectacular."
Wade pleaded guilty to being briefly motivated by getting his first double-double of the season.
"I was going for a double-double," he said with a laugh. "Sorry."
Heat guard Ray Allen also outmaneuvered James for a rebound in the final minutes, which left James muttering to the Heat bench. James finished two rebounds shy of a triple-double for the third time this season, and another time he came within two assists.
"He's working on the all-time record for near misses on triple-doubles," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said.
"It's not meant for it to happen this year," James said with a chuckle. "My own guys got me. But a win is what it's about, and I'm happy we played well for most of the game."
Wade, who sat out four consecutive games last month to rest his troublesome knees, looked rejuvenated. He shot 13 for 19 and played 37 minutes, his fifth-highest total this season.
"That rest did him well," teammate Chris Bosh said. "He has a lot of spring in his legs. When he plays well, we're a tough team to beat."
Bosh scored 17 points to help Miami win for the fifth time in six games.
Allen's buzzer-beating 3-pointer put the Heat up 84-80 after three periods, and they pulled away from there. Wade's 3-pointer put them ahead by 13 points for the first time, 98-85.