Wade leads Heat past Pistons 110-88
MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade's fallaway jumper went swish as he skidded across the hardwood on his backside.
Lately he's scoring from all over the court.
Wade had 29 points and sparked a pivotal run to help the Miami Heat earn their fourth victory in a row Friday by beating the Detroit Pistons 110-88.
Wade began the night at 20.5 points per game, his lowest average since his rookie season in 2003-04. But he scored a season-high 35 points Wednesday in a win over Toronto, and had 23 in the first half against Detroit to put Miami ahead to stay.
"I'm just getting healthier," said Wade, who had left knee surgery last July. "I'm being more active. I feel in a lot better shape than I was early in the year. Lately I've been put in the right position to be aggressive."
After falling behind by nine points, the Heat outscored Detroit 26-4 during a seven-minute stretch in the second quarter to take a 60-47 lead. Wade scored 15 points during the spurt.
"You can see the spring in D-Wade's legs," teammate LeBron James said.
Despite several acrobatic baskets by Wade, the night's biggest cheer came when a 50-year-old computer technician from McHenry, Ill., made a half-court shot to win $75,000 and a hug from James.
As part of a contest sponsored by James' foundation, Michael Drysch sank a one-handed hook shot from midcourt between periods. James watched from the bench, and when the shot swished in, he happily sprinted at Drysch and embraced him, and both tumbled to the court.
"I was excited," James said. "I would have probably air-balled that one in that situation."
Wade sank some improbable shots, too, including a jumper when he was fouled, landed on his rear and slid toward the Heat bench.
James added 23 points, seven rebounds and seven assists for the Heat, who shot 56 percent. Over the past two seasons, they're 34-2 when shooting at least 50 percent.
On three successive possessions late in the first half, James and Wade took turns feeding each other. First, James threw an alley-oop pass to Wade for an easy layup.