Wade scores 21, Heat beat Pistons 105-78

Associated Press Modified: October 18, 2012 at 10:04 pm •  Published: October 18, 2012
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MIAMI (AP) — Dwyane Wade's surgically repaired left knee looks to be just fine.

Wade scored 21 points and handed out five assists in 23 minutes, and the Miami Heat beat the Detroit Pistons 105-78 in a preseason game on Thursday night.

Chris Bosh scored 17 points and LeBron James scored 13 for Miami, which led 27-11 after one quarter in its first exhibition since returning home from China earlier this week.

Combined, the Wade-Bosh-James trio shot 19 for 31 from the floor, with 14 assists, 13 rebounds and five steals — all getting the fourth quarter off after Miami built a 95-60 lead.

"I'm continuing to get my rhythm, my conditioning," Wade said. "Tonight I kind of broke out a lot of the things I normally do and I felt comfortable doing that. I was able to see a couple things I need to continue to get stronger at, but wasn't bad."

Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said the team wasn't planning for Wade to practice every day in the preseason, but that his body is allowing him to be out there.

"I just like his progress right now," Spoelstra said. "You see bursts of his old speed and quickness."

Greg Monroe scored 15 points for Detroit, which missed 18 of its first 22 shots. Brandon Knight added 12 for the Pistons.

Detroit lost veteran Corey Maggette in the first half with a strained left calf. Maggette pulled up after only 2 minutes and did not return.

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