DETROIT (AP) — Detroit Pistons rookie Luke Kennard took benefit of his alternative to play clutch minutes for coach Stan Van Gundy.

Kennard completed with 14 factors off the bench, taking pictures 6 of 11 from the sector, together with 2 of 5 from Three-point vary, serving to the Pistons to a 112-103 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday.

At 10-Three, Detroit is second behind Boston within the Eastern Conference and off to its greatest begin since going 15-Three in 2005-06. The Pistons swept a five-game homestand.

“We really stayed poised,” mentioned Kennard, who has been out and in of the rotation this season. “We stayed together, stayed connected and guys made plays all around the court. Everybody made an impact.”

Tobias Harris had 25 factors, Avery Bradley scored 24, Reggie Jackson had 17 factors and Andre Drummond added eight factors and 17 rebounds for the Pistons. Detroit used a 10-Zero run halfway by the fourth quarter to drag away.

“Our guys got down in the second half and just kept playing, kept fighting,” Van Gundy mentioned. “I was really proud of our guys.”

Hbadan Whiteside had 20 factors and 12 rebounds, and Dion Waiters added 16 factors and 5 badists for Miami.

“We were not able to dictate and impose our style on this game, pretty much all across the board,” Heat coach Erik Spoelstra mentioned. “You have to credit them, they flattened us out.”

The Pistons led 58-55 at halftime and 83-81 getting into the ultimate quarter. They opened a 91-86 edge after Kennard’s jumper. Later, after a 6-Zero run received Miami to 93-92, Kennard hit consecutive photographs — a runner and a Three-pointer — to make it 98-92 with 7 minutes left.

Kennard’s layup made it 107-97 with 2:24 left.

“As a rookie, his composure and the way he plays the game, it’s awesome to see,” Harris mentioned. “The lift he gave us coming off the bench, in big minutes, too, I’m proud of him.”

CONNECTIONS

Van Gundy was an badistant with the Heat from 1995-03 and the group’s head coach from 2003-06. Pistons badistant Tim Hardaway performed for the Heat from 1996-01 and his No. 10 Miami jersey was retired. … Heat badistant Juwan Howard performed faculty basketball at Michigan.

LONG-RANGE START

Miami’s first 4 made photographs to open the sport had been Three-pointers, giving the Heat a 12-7 lead, earlier than Whiteside’s quick jumper broke the string. Miami began four of seven from Three-point vary and completed the primary quarter 7 of 16 from past the arc and 11 of 22 total from the sector. The Pistons made four of eight Three-pointers within the first quarter and led 31-29.

TIP-INS

Heat: Former Michigan level level Derrick Walton Jr., now a rookie with Miami, attended Michigan’s residence basketball sport Saturday evening in Ann Arbor and was a part of a pregame banner ceremony to acknowledge the Wolverines’ Big Ten match title final season. He didn’t play in Sunday’s sport at Little Caesars Arena. … G/F Rodney McGruder (left tibia) didn’t play.

Pistons: Starting small ahead Stanley Johnson (proper hip flexor pressure) missed Sunday’s sport, his third in a row. Van Gundy is hopeful Johnson will return for Detroit’s sport at Milwaukee on Wednesday. … F/C Jon Leuer (left ankle) additionally didn’t play towards the Heat.

UP NEXT

Heat: Host Washington on Wednesday evening.

Pistons: At Milwaukee on Wednesday evening.

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