Hassan Whiteside makes buzzer-beating tip-in to lift Heat past skidding Pistons
Center Hassan Whiteside is lifted by forward James Johnson after his last second shot that lifted Miami to victory. AP

HASSAN Whiteside tipped in Goran Dragic’s missed jumper to lift the Miami Heat to a 97-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday in Auburn Hills, Michigan.

The Heat occupy eighth spot it the Eastern Conference with a 35-39 win-loss record, half a game ahead of the Pistons (34-41).

Whiteside finished with 17 points on 7 of 13 shooting and pulled down nine rebounds as the Heat ended a two-game slide.

Dragic had 28 points on 9 of 16 shooting, while James Johnson came off the bench to score 16.

The Pistons suffered their fifth straight loss.

Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 25 for Detroit.

Ish Smith had 19 points in 7 for 13 shooting, while Tobias Harris came off the bench to also score 19, making 7 of 14 field goal attempts.

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