Saturday, December 16, 2017
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Heat wins, set to take division

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Dwyane Wade got off to his slowest start offensively in a decade but finished with 14 points to help the Heat beat the Pistons 99-33 on Tuesday night.

Miami will win the Southeast Division and earn home-court advantage in the first round of the playoffs if it closes the regular season tonight by winning at Boston. The Celtics have something at stake, too, trying to avoid slipping to the sixth spot that would set up a series with the Heat.

The Pistons will be the eighth seed in the Eastern Conference and will face the top-seeded Cavaliers in the playoffs.

"No one is picking us anyway, so we might as well go out there against the best team in the East," said Detroit's Reggie Jackson.

Wade didn't score until there was 4:14 left in the first half. He had not been scoreless that long at the start of a game since March 17, 2006, against Charlotte. Wade broke his scoreless start with a three-point play and had seven points in a 50-second stretch.

"I don't like shooting here," Wade said.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Jonas Valanciunas had 17 points and 11 rebounds as the host Raptors beat the 76ers for the 12th straight time, 122-98. With the Pacers' win over Knicks and the Pistons' loss to the Heat, second-seeded Toronto is locked into a playoff matchup with seventh-seeded Indiana. In Indianapolis, Paul George and George Hill each scored 19 as the Pacers beat the Knicks 102-90. Trailing 64-62, the Pacers finished the final seven minutes of the third quarter with a 17-6 run. New York guard Carmelo Anthony, who sat out the finale, will meet with team president Phil Jackson and general manager Steve Mills on Thursday, seeking clarity on the plan to improve the team. "Just an understanding of kind of a plan, a plan of action of what they're trying to do, what we're trying to do, what we're trying to accomplish here," Anthony said.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: Andre Drummond apologized to his teammates and said that his actions during the Pistons' victory over the Wizards on Friday were "selfish." He stayed away from teammates during timeouts and when the game ended, coach Stan Van Gundy had to lift Drummond out of his chair. Drummond, a poor free-throw shooter, sat the final 8:41 because the Wizards started intentionally him. He said his dour mood was caused by thinking about a friend who died weeks ago. … Knicks rookie Kristaps Porzingis said he will spend most of the offseason in New York working on his strength and overall game. Porzingis said he hasn't decided whether he will play for the Latvian National Team this summer, but it sounds as if he's leaning toward skipping it.

Heat 99, Pistons 93

MIAMI (99): Deng 6-11 2-2 17, J.Johnson 10-15 2-3 25, Whiteside 4-10 6-8 14, Dragic 8-15 0-0 16, Wade 6-16 2-3 14, Richardson 1-3 1-2 3, Green 1-4 2-2 5, Stoudemire 2-3 0-0 4, Haslem 0-1 1-2 1. Totals 38-78 16-22 99.

DETROIT (93): Harris 5-16 5-5 16, Morris 5-13 5-7 16, Drummond 4-11 1-4 9, Blake 4-7 2-2 10, Caldwell-Pope 7-17 1-2 17, S.Johnson 2-5 1-2 5, Dinwiddie 2-5 2-4 6, Baynes 2-4 1-2 5, Bullock 1-3 0-0 2, Tolliver 2-3 2-2 7. Totals 34-84 20-30 93.

Miami 19 31 21 28— 99

Detroit 17 33 19 24— 93

3-Point GoalsMiami 7-20 (J.Johnson 3-5, Deng 3-7, Green 1-4, Richardson 0-1, Wade 0-1, Dragic 0-2), Detroit 5-18 (Caldwell-Pope 2-5, Tolliver 1-2, Harris 1-3, Morris 1-4, S.Johnson 0-1, Dinwiddie 0-1, Blake 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMiami 44 (Deng 10), Detroit 62 (Drummond 18). AssistsMiami 15 (J.Johnson 5), Detroit 15 (Blake 7). Total FoulsMiami 21, Detroit 17. A18,575 (22,076).

Pacers 102, Knicks 90

NEW YORK (90): Early 3-7 0-0 7, Williams 8-11 1-1 21, Lopez 4-8 0-0 8, Vujacic 2-8 0-0 4, Grant 7-11 2-3 18, Galloway 3-12 3-3 9, Afflalo 5-11 0-0 13, O'Quinn 2-6 0-0 4, Amundson 0-2 2-2 2, Seraphin 2-4 0-0 4. Totals 36-80 8-9 90.

INDIANA (102): George 6-12 6-7 19, Allen 2-5 0-0 4, Mahinmi 6-9 2-2 14, G.Hill 8-12 0-1 19, Ellis 3-7 1-2 8, S.Hill 3-8 0-0 6, Stuckey 4-10 2-4 10, Lawson 4-8 0-0 9, Turner 5-9 3-4 13. Totals 41-80 14-20 102.

New York 36 18 16 20— 90

Indiana 29 24 26 23— 102

3-Point GoalsNew York 10-27 (Williams 4-7, Afflalo 3-5, Grant 2-4, Early 1-3, O'Quinn 0-1, Vujacic 0-3, Galloway 0-4), Indiana 6-19 (G.Hill 3-5, Lawson 1-2, Ellis 1-3, George 1-5, Stuckey 0-2, S.Hill 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsNew York 39 (O'Quinn 7), Indiana 51 (S.Hill 11). AssistsNew York 27 (Vujacic, Grant 6), Indiana 26 (Lawson 8). Total FoulsNew York 17, Indiana 10. A17,906 (18,165).

Raptors 122, 76ers 98

PHILADELPHIA (98): Stauskas 6-13 0-0 13, Grant 2-5 1-1 6, Noel 5-9 4-8 14, Smith 8-11 0-0 18, Covington 7-12 4-6 24, H.Thompson 3-11 0-2 9, Wood 2-5 4-8 8, McConnell 1-6 0-0 3, Marshall 1-5 0-0 3. Totals 35-77 13-25 98.

TORONTO (122): Powell 6-10 4-4 18, Scola 5-10 0-2 12, Valanciunas 8-16 1-1 17, Lowry 4-13 0-0 11, DeRozan 4-10 2-2 10, Nogueira 2-2 0-0 4, Wright 3-7 2-2 8, Carroll 3-7 0-0 8, Biyombo 6-8 2-2 14, J.Thompson 0-2 3-4 3, Ross 7-10 2-2 17. Totals 48-95 16-19 122.

Philadelphia 23 38 13 24— 98

Toronto 32 23 32 35— 122

3-Point GoalsPhiladelphia 15-35 (Covington 6-10, H.Thompson 3-8, Smith 2-3, McConnell 1-2, Grant 1-2, Marshall 1-3, Stauskas 1-6, Wood 0-1), Toronto 10-25 (Lowry 3-8, Powell 2-4, Scola 2-4, Carroll 2-5, Ross 1-2, DeRozan 0-1, J.Thompson 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsPhiladelphia 41 (Noel 10), Toronto 63 (Valanciunas 11). AssistsPhiladelphia 24 (Smith, McConnell 4), Toronto 25 (DeRozan 6). Total FoulsPhiladelphia 18, Toronto 20. A19,800 (19,800).

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