MIAMI: With star guard Dwyane Wade sidelined by sore knees, the reigning NBA champion Miami Heat saw their 10-game win streak snapped on Tuesday (Wednesday in Manila), falling to the Detroit Pistons 107-97.
Kyle Singler’s 18 points led seven double-figure scorers for the Pistons while Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey each added 16 points and Brandon Jennings and Josh Smith both scored 15 points for Detroit.
The Heat had not lost since Boston won at Miami on November 9 on Jeff Green’s 3-pointer at the buzzer.
LeBron James and Michael Beasley each scored 23 points to pace the Heat, who had won 14 of their previous 16 meetings with the Pistons.
Andre Drummond scored 10 points and grabbed 18 rebounds and the Pistons took full advantage of 11 steals, four from Jennings, to produce 29 points off 19 Heat turnovers.
The Heat trailed 82-68 entering the fourth quarter and fell behind by as many as 17 points before pulling within 91-88 on a James slam dunk.
But James and Chris Bosh each missed potential tying 3-point shots and Miami went nearly four minutes without making a shot from the field, falling behind 98-91 and coming no closer the rest of the way.
Bosh added 14 points and Ray Allen 12 for Miami, which was kept to only 43.9 percent shooting from the field for the game.