Bojan Bogdanovic scored 28 of his 31 points in the second half as the Detroit Pistons rallied to beat the host Miami Heat 116-96 on Tuesday night.
Miami, which had a five-game winning streak snapped at home, led by 11 points in the first half and by seven points in the third quarter. The Heat were fueled by Tyler Herro, who scored a game-high 34 points on 12-of-17 shooting. He also had six assists.
Bam Adebayo added 21 points and a game-high 15 rebounds for the Heat.
Detroit started the season 0-10 on the road, but the Pistons have won three of their last four road games.
Bogdanovic made 12 of 16 shots from the floor, including 7 of 9 from 3-point range.
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Detroit’s bench outscored Miami’s reserves 54-19.
Another important factor was that the Pistons shot 19 of 41 (46.3 percent) on 3-point attempts. Miami shot 10 of 32 (31.3 percent) from beyond the arc.
Miami was without three members of its rotation, leading scorer Jimmy Butler (right knee) plus Gabe Vincent (left knee) and Dewayne Dedmon (left foot). The Heat are now 4-6 this season without Butler.
Miami received good news, however, when Victor Oladipo, plagued by knee injuries, made his season debut. Oladipo, who played just eight games last season, scored nine points in 19 minutes on Tuesday. He made 3 of 9 shots from the ground.
Detroit star Cade Cunningham (left shin) missed his 14th straight game. Isaiah Livers (right shoulder) was also out.
Miami led 20-25 after the first quarter when the Heat shot 50 percent from the floor and held a 13-7 rebounding advantage. Detroit was held to 33 percent shooting.
Detroit took its first lead of the second quarter on a layup by Isaiah Stewart with 3:38 left. Bogdanovic’s 3-pointer on his next possession capped an 11-2 Pistons run, giving Detroit a 43-38 lead.
However, the Heat rallied and led 50-47 at halftime. Herro scored 21 points in the first half on 7-of-7 shooting, including a pair of 3-pointers.
Detroit outscored Miami 31-23 in the third quarter as Bogdanovic scored 14 points on 6-of-8 shooting, including 2-of-3 accuracy on 3-point attempts.
The Pistons cruised in the fourth quarter and finished 49.4 percent from the floor for the game. Miami shot 42.9 percent.
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