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    Tyler Herro, Max Strus on target as Heat rally past Pistons

    Dec 24, 2021
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    Tyler Herro tries to drive through the Pistons defense.
    PHOTO: AP

    MIAMI — Tyler Herro scored 29 points, Max Strus added 26 and the Miami Heat rallied to beat the short-handed Detroit Pistons 115-112 on Thursday night (Friday, Manila time).

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    Strus' fifth 3-pointer with 40 seconds remaining gave the Heat their final margin.

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    Cory Joseph's game-tying 3-point attempt with two seconds left bounced off the rim and was rebounded by Miami reserve forward Udonis Haslem.

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    Kyle Lowry scored 21 points and Gabe Vincent finished with 15 for the Heat.

    Trey Lyles scored a career-high 28 points for the Pistons. Saddiq Bey added 23 points, Joseph scored 21 and Frank Jackson 19.

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    The Pistons learned hours before the game that Isaiah Stewart, Killian Hayes, Saben Lee and Rodney McGruder entered the league's health and safety protocols. Rookie Cade Cunningham, the team's second-leading scorer, was placed in health and safety protocols on Wednesday.

    The Heat scored seven unanswered points and went ahead 112-110 on a 3-pointer by Herro with 1:12 remaining.

    Bey's jumper with 59 seconds tied it at 112-all before Strus' winner.

    The Pistons hit a season-high 18 3-pointers.

    Miami center Dewayne Dedmon sprained his left knee on a missed short jumper 5:19 into the first quarter and didn't return. Dedmon's absence resulted in the eighth appearance of the season by Haslem. The 41-year-old Haslem scored seven points and had five rebounds in 12 minutes.

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      Pistons: Leading scorer Jerami Grant (right thumb sprain) missed his sixth straight game. ... After sitting out three consecutive games because of coach's decision, Joseph has logged 24, 23 and 42 minutes in his last three games.

      Heat: Since joining the starting rotation, Vincent has scored in double figures in five of seven games. ... F P.J. Tucker (left leg inflammation) sat out his second straight game. ... Miami shot 12 of 32 from 3-point range, ending a streak of seven games converting 13 or more from beyond the arc.

      HARDSHIP RULE SIGNINGS

      Both clubs used the hardship rule and signed G League players to 10-day contracts as they deal with reduced rosters because of protocols. The Pistons signed forward Cheick Diallo, while the Heat added forward Zylan Cheatham. A four-year NBA veteran, Diallo averaged 14 points in 13 games with the Motor City Cruise this season. Cheatham joined the Heat from the Birmingham Squadron.

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      Pistons: Conclude a three-game trip Sunday at San Antonio.

      Heat: Host Orlando on Sunday.

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      Tyler Herro tries to drive through the Pistons defense.
      PHOTO: AP
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