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Thursday, July 15, 2010
Heat topple Pistons

Courtesy NBA.com

The Miami Heat surged to an early lead and never looked back, defeating the Detroit Pistons 92-83 in the nightcap of the sixth day of action at the 2010 NBA Summer League.

The Heat led by as many as 18 points in the game, but the pesky Pistons wouldn't quit, playing the squad from Florida even through the last three quarters, cutting the deficit to as few as six on the back of a 10-3 run late in the fourth quarter.

Detroit looked sluggish in the first quarter, connecting on only two field goals and shooting 15 percent from the floor as Miami surged to an early 11-point lead. The Pistons scored nine of their 13 first-quarter points from the line. Devon Jefferson and Weyinmi Efejuku combined for 11 points in the first quarter as the Heat settled for a 10-point lead at the end of one, 23-13.

In an evenly matched second quarter, the Pistons outscored the Heat 18-17, but couldn't cut the deficit to fewer than seven despite a six-point period from DaJuan Summers. Miami's lead hovered around the 10-point mark for much of the second quarter, helped by Jefferson's seven points and Jermaine Beal's five in the stanza. The Heat took a nine-point advantage, 40-31, into the halftime break.

Holding on to a solid 10-point lead, the Heat continued to play consistent basketball, outscoring the Pistons by five in the third quarter on the back of Garret Siler's seven-point quarter and Beal's six-point effort in the third. Greg Monroe added nine points for Detroit in the third period, while Summers chipped in with seven to up the Piston's shooting percentage to 34 percent.

Summers and Monroe scored 20 points apiece in the loss, while Efejuku finished with 19 points in the win.

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