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12/28/2012 11:16 PM EST
Bynum, Pistons top short-handed Heat 109-99
DETROIT 109, MIAMI 99

By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- LeBron James and the short-handed
Heat were no match for Detroit's brilliant bench.



Will Bynum had 25 points and 10 assists, leading another
spirited performance by the Pistons' reserves, and Detroit beat
Miami 109-99 on Friday night despite 35 points by James.



Miami was without Dwyane Wade, suspended for a game by the NBA
for flailing his leg and making contact with a Charlotte player
Wednesday.



The Detroit reserves, who scored 85 points in a loss to Atlanta
on Wednesday, contributed 64 this time. Charlie Villanueva had
18 points and Austin Daye added 11, helping the Pistons snap
Miami's six-game winning streak.



"Their bench came in and turned it up about 17 notches. We let
them get into a comfort zone in the second quarter, and after
that, they were making all kinds of contested shots," James
said. "It's hard to make any kind of run when a team keeps doing
that to you."



The Heat scored the game's first 10 points and led by 15 after
one quarter, but the momentum shifted for good when the Pistons
outscored Miami 41-20 in the second.



Chris Bosh had 28 points for the Heat.



Miami had cut a 17-point deficit to four early in the fourth,
but Detroit's reserves steadied themselves. Rookie big man Andre
Drummond scored inside, Villanueva scored after a turnover by
James, and a 3-pointer by Bynum pushed the lead back to double
digits at 88-77.



"That little split of doubt that you can have - it's a turnover,
it's a missed shot, it's a bad play," Bynum said. "You just have
to be aggressive and confident."



That's rarely a problem for Bynum, who looks out of control at
times but can lift his team with his energy. He's played in only
22 of Detroit's 32 games this season, but he scored 31 points
Wednesday and followed it up with another remarkable performance
against the Heat.



"Will kind of got squeezed in the rotation," Pistons coach
Lawrence Frank said. "Had several DNPs, stayed the course, and
he deserves all the credit."



Detroit led 95-84 after Villanueva corralled a wild pass from
Bynum and made a 3-pointer. Daye added a dunk in transition off
a slick drop pass from Bynum for a 101-90 lead.



Bynum scored 13 points in the fourth quarter.



"He was amazing," James said. "He controlled the game with his
motor and his offense. He was hitting everything and he was
getting everyone else involved. We couldn't do anything with
him."



The Pistons shot 58 percent from the field to Miami's 51. The
Heat had been 31-0 since the beginning of last season when
shooting at least 50 percent.



The Heat said before the game they didn't agree with Wade's
suspension for making contact with Charlotte's Ramon Sessions
earlier in the week.



"That's no excuse. We still had enough," Heat coach Erik
Spoelstra said. "Obviously, we're a different team with Dwyane,
but we have enough depth that we should be able to overcome
missing one guy for a night."



Miami breezed through the first quarter, taking a 10-0 lead and
eventually making 11 of its first 14 shots. It was 32-17 after
one, but the game turned almost immediately.



Detroit's bench was again outstanding. The Pistons scored the
first 14 points of the second and finally took a 41-39 lead on
Villanueva's 3-pointer.



The bench - specifically Villanueva, Bynum, Drummond and Daye -
scored 36 of Detroit's 41 points in the quarter, and the Pistons
went into halftime with a 58-52 lead.



And that was only the beginning. Miami didn't start the third
quarter any better than the second, allowing nine straight
points. Greg Monroe's basket made it 76-59, and although the
Heat increased the pressure defensively, they didn't always get
the results they wanted.



After Shane Battier and James made consecutive 3-pointers to
pull Miami within nine, James thought he'd knocked the ball away
from Jason Maxiell cleanly near midcourt. But a foul was called
and Maxiell made one of two free throws to make it 79-69.



It was 81-71 after three.



NOTES: Udonis Haslem is now Miami's career leader with 620 games
played, snapping a tie with Wade because of the suspension.
Haslem appeared to hurt his right shoulder early on when landing
hard after an acrobatic block on Kyle Singler, but he was able
to play on. ... Drummond had 10 points and 10 rebounds. ...
James and Bosh were the only Miami players to score in double
figures.

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