LeBron James led all scorers with 35 points, and Chris Bosh had a terrific game finishing with 28 points and nine rebounds. However, the rest of the Heat players combined to score just 36 points on 13-of-38 shooting. Miami lost the game in the second quarter, more or less, as Detroit outscored the defending champions, 41-20, in the period. With the win, the Pistons improved to 10-23 on the season, while the Heat fell to 20-7.
In the nation's capital, the Orlando Magic fell to the woeful Washington Wizards, 105-97. Wizards' reserve guard Jordan Crawford scored 27 points off the bench, while Nene added 23 points and 11 rebounds. Washington outscored Orlando by 14 points in the middle two quarters and held on in the fourth for a rare victory.
The Wizards are now 4-23 while the Magic, who continue to be mired in a downward spiral, dropped to 12-17.
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