The Miami Heat came back in the fourth quarter to defeat the Detroit Pistons 112-100 on Sunday night thanks to late-game heroics from Tyler Herro. The Miami star scored 10 of his 19 points in the final 3:20 minutes of play.
We’ll take that W and head home pic.twitter.com/4mFRaLVt07
— Miami HEAT (@MiamiHEAT) March 20, 2023
With 3:20 remaining, Herro’s 3-pointer gave the Heat a 101-98 advantage. This lead continued as Herro and Jimmy Butler made jump shots and three-pointers. Butler had 26 points and 10 assists. Bam Adebayo added 22 points and 10 rebounds. “This is going to be our March Madness and April Madness,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said, “We are going to have to fight for it. That’s what this is all about.” The game was close as both teams kept fighting for the lead. The Pistons had impactful moments, especially in the third quarter, that allowed them to create momentum. In the third quarter, Detroit scored 34 points, led by James Wiseman’s 12 points and five rebounds. The Pistons seized an 81-74 lead due to Eugene Omoruyi’s buzzer-beating three-pointer giving them an 81-74 advantage.
Eugene Omoruyi hits the DEEP buzzer-beater to close Q3!#Pistons pic.twitter.com/PjXvCPh1lk
— Detroit Pistons (@DetroitPistons) March 19, 2023
Wiseman led the Pistons in scoring with 22 points. Killian Hayes finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. “Our execution wasn’t there down the stretch,” Pistons head coach Dwane Casey said, “James played a hell of a game, but our transition defense is still tough. We’re getting there, but we’re not there yet.” The Pistons are one of the NBA’s worst teams while the Heat are seventh in the Eastern Conference. They hope to surpass the Brooklyn Nets to guarantee themselves a playoff spot and stay out of the play-in tournament.
Third Quarter Injury
Pistons’ center Jalen Duren and Heat’s power forward Kevin Love collided under the hoop. Duren is currently being evaluated for a brain injury, and Love received four stitches and did not return.