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NBA

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Miami Heat small forward LeBron James, left, defends Detroit Pistons small forward Josh Smith (6) in the second quarter of an NBA basketball game in Auburn Hills, Mich., Sunday.

James scores 24, Heat rout Pistons 110-95

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – LeBron James had 24 points, nine assists and seven rebounds, and the Miami Heat breezed to a 110-95 victory over Detroit on Sunday, avenging a home loss to the Pistons less than a week ago.

Ray Allen added 18 points for the Heat, who were without Dwyane Wade but still shot 56 percent from the field and 11 of 28 from 3-point range. Miami took an early 16-5 lead, and although the Pistons fought back, the Heat went on a 13-2 run in the third quarter to make it 74-57.

Andre Drummond had 19 points and 14 rebounds for Detroit, which had its four-game winning streak snapped.

The Pistons never showed any sign of slowing down Miami, and although they finished with 17 offensive rebounds, they never took full advantage of a potential edge inside.

The Pistons beat the Heat 107-97 on Tuesday, and Miami looked motivated at the start of this one. The Heat’s first nine points came on the fast break, and a 3-pointer by Allen made it 12-2.

Miami led 59-53 at halftime, and Mario Chalmers and Allen each made 3-pointers during the crucial run at the beginning of the third quarter. The Heat led 91-70 after three.

The Pistons entered as NBA leaders in steals per game, and the Heat turned the ball over 10 times in the first half, but Miami took care of the ball better over the final two quarters, and its torrid shooting never really let up.

The Miami bench scored 41 points on 15-of-24 shooting. Roger Mason Jr. had 12 points and Chris Andersen added 10.

James, meanwhile, shot 10 of 15 from the field, although he did have six of Miami’s 16 turnovers.

Chris Bosh scored 16 points for the Heat. Brandon Jennings had 19 for the Pistons.

Wade played in Miami’s win over Minnesota on Saturday night, but coach Erik Spoelstra likes to rest him in back-to-backs to reduce the wear and tear on his knees. Heat forward Michael Beasley (left hamstring) and Pistons guard Rodney Stuckey (left knee) were also out.

The defending champion Heat will travel to Indiana for a matchup Tuesday against the team with the league’s best record.

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