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[DETROIT] — The Detroit Pistons played host to the Miami Heat last night and Pistons fans will wish that they could have another crack at this one. The narrow 96-97 defeat was and still is a tough one to swallow. The loss bumps Detroit's record down to 34-41 on the season, while the victory gives Miami a 36-38 total on the year. It's not overly surprising that the Pistons would end up losing this one consider they did little to establish themselves as dangerous threats. Perhaps the showing can serve as an essential building block for the team in the days to come.

While there were no historic individual performances to speak of, Andre Drummond's 9 points, 13 rebounds, 2 assists, 2 blocks and 2 steals in 34 minutes will serve fantasy owners well. Still, one can't be overly enthusastic about the numbers considering that even Drummond himself would presumably trade the solid figures for a different result on the scoreboard. Needless to say, Detroit will take any win they can get their hands on considering where they find themselves in the conference but this just wasn't one of them.

Unable to match Drummond's numbers, Goran Dragic can rest assured that he bested his rival where it actually counts. Dragic's 28 points, 4 rebounds and 4 assists led the Heat in the winning effort.

Individual performances aside, if there's one area where the Pistons can improve, it's on the defensive side of the ball. Though Detroit wasn't terrible in the ball game, there's no denying that a stricter focus on limiting their opponents could serve them well the next time they collide with a worthy foe.

The loss hurts for the homeside but they'll get their opportunity to regain ground in a pending matchup with the . The Heat, meanwhile, will set their sights on a run-in with the .

Pistons Stats

Roster P R A B S M
A. Drummond91322234
T. Harris19620230
K. Caldwell-Pope25500037
I. Smith19360031
B. Udrih6340117
A. Baynes4512014
M. Morris7520028
J. Leuer2421117
S. Johnson5710133

Heat Stats

Roster P R A B S M
G. Dragic28441034
H. Whiteside17911030
R. McGruder12640233
J. Richardson9541133
J. Johnson16620033
W. Reed6700016
L. Babbitt5130114
T. Johnson2401025
O. White000014
W. Ellington2200017
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