Steve Smith and Grant Long led a balanced attack with 18 points apiece as Miami battled back from a 14-point third-quarter deficit to beat host Detroit Saturday night, the Heat's fourth straight victory. Brian Shaw had 16 points and 10 rebounds and Rony Seikaly 13 points and 15 rebounds for the Heat, who had six players score in double figures. Isiah Thomas and Terry Mills combined for nine points during an 11-1 run that gave Detroit a 72-58 lead with 6:26 left in the third quarter. A putback by Rice triggered a 13-2 spurt that put the Heat ahead for the first time since the first quarter. Rice's jumper tied the score before Smith hit a short shot to give the Heat a 94-92 lead with 3:58 remaining.
Around the league
Heat: Glen Rice has agreed to a five-year contract that will pay the Heat's leading scorer an estimated $4.3-million per season, the Sun-Sentinel of Fort Lauderdale reported Saturday. The Heat has an option to pick up a sixth year. The 6-foot-8 forward, who is earning $2-million in his fifth year, is averaging 21.5 points and leads the team in three-point baskets (85) and steals (74).
76ers: Forward Bill Edwards was signed to a 10-day contract on Saturday.
Suns: Forward Joe Courtney was waived and Jerrod Mustaf, who had been on the injured list since Feb. 15 with an upper respiratory infection, was activated.
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