Two nights after a bitter, physically demanding loss at Indiana, a depleted Miami Heat lineup flexed serious muscle at Detroit.
LeBron James produced his first triple-double of the season and the Heat opened up a 34-point lead as early as the third quarter en route to a 110-78 thrashing of the Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
James had 17 points, 10 rebounds and 12 assists in just 30 minutes for the Heat (49-22), who had six double-figure scorers.
On an evening the home team honored it’s 1989 "Bad Boys" NBA champions, the current champs dominated despite playing without Dwyane Wade (hamstring), Greg Oden (back), Mario Chalmers (thigh) and Ray Allen (stomach virus).
Guards Toney Douglas and James Jones joined James, Chris Bosh (15 points, 9 rebounds) and Udonis Haslem (17 points) as starters.
The second unit led by Chris "Birdman" Andersen and Norris Cole energized an attack that took control by outscoring Detroit 29-19 in the second quarter. Andersen finished with 13 points and 6 rebounds. Cole had 12 points and 7 assists.