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Pistons overheat, succumb to Miami

After three quarters, the Detroit Pistons had more technical fouls than free-throw attempts. That was fine with the Miami Heat, which took advantage of lopsided opportunities at the foul line Saturday night to beat the Pistons 107-98.

Miami hit 36 of 41 free throws. Detroit was 7-of-11 _ just 2-of-3 in the first three quarters.

Frustrated by the disparity, the Pistons received five technical fouls, including a double technical and automatic ejection for coach Chuck Daly 57 seconds into the third quarter.

Miami was whistled for 17 personal fouls, the Pistons for 26.

"In the past, they've liked to beat up on people and push and shove," Heat center Rony Seikaly said. "Tonight, the refs let us play the same way, and maybe they were frustrated because they're not used to the refs letting other teams play the same way."

Daly was tossed for the third time this season when he stormed onto the court and argued with referee Ken Mauer after the Pistons' John Salley was whistled for a flagrant foul.

"We were trying to take a foul," Daly said, "but I don't think it should have been a flagrant foul."

Miami capitalized on the calls, hitting four consecutive free throws to complete a 15-2 run spanning halftime for a 52-39 lead.

By the end of the third quarter, Miami led 80-64 and Detroit had two more technicals _ on Isiah Thomas and Orlando Woolridge. Darrell Walker received one in the second quarter.

"We got frustrated," Thomas said. "It's like every time we had to try to come down and score a basket, and they would come down and shoot free throws, building on their lead."

Glen Rice led Miami with 23 points, and Bimbo Coles had a career-high 22. Seikaly played 48 minutes, scored 20 points, blocked six shots and outrebounded Detroit's Dennis Rodman 18-15.

Seikaly, the first Miami player ever to play an entire game, admitted he felt the effects.

"Running up and down the court is not what makes you tired," he said. "It's the banging that takes the toll."

Joe Dumars had 27 points and Thomas 20 for the Pistons, but their starting front line produced just 19 points.

Hornets 130, Magic 110: Kenny Gattison and Dell Curry each scored 24 points as host Charlotte defeated Orlando, giving the improving Hornets their sixth victory in nine games.

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