Pistons vs. Heat final score: Dwyane Wade leads Miami by Detroit

Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The Pistons hung around for most of the game, but never led beyond the second quarter in a 102-96 loss to the two-time defending champs.

What happened:

Andre Drummond got into early foul trouble and only played four minutes and two seconds short of a shot clock in the first half. Despite that, the Pistons only trailed by six at the break. Drummond had a big second half -- 8 points, 10 rebounds, 2 steals and 2 blocks -- but the Pistons couldn't make up that difference.

The Pistons had four technical fouls in the game -- Maurice Cheeks, Josh Smith, Greg Monroe and Brandon Jennings -- and the team turned the ball over 21 times, which led to 28 Heat points. 13 of those turnovers and 20 points against came in the second half.

Needing a three while down six with 17 seconds left, the Pistons aptly called timeout to draw up what one would hope to be a well-designed play. Whether it was the play call or the last resort, Josh Smith, who never should've been on the floor, wound up with the ball and very unsurprisingly clanked a wide-open three. Same Smith, different game.

What stood out:

Rookie Kentavious Caldwell-Pope only played eight minutes. He received a quick hook after future Hall of Famer Dwyane Wade scored a couple quick baskets at the beginning of the game. Wade scored 11 more baskets after that.

Who stood out:

Brandon Jennings played an all-around solid game. He scored 26 points on 15 shots, got to the line 12 times and assisted 7 baskets (3 turnovers). He also had 3 steals and refused to get punked by Norris Cole.

Bullets:

-- Yes, you read that promo headline on the front page and the tweet right. Josh Smith missed 15 shots and had 6 turnovers. Make. It. Stop.

- D-Wade was vintage.

-- LeBron James had the quietest 24, 11 and 8 with a pair of blocks and pair of steals one could possibly have. Okay, it wasn't quiet.

-- LeBron James is flimsy

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-- I admit, I laughed at this.

-- Greg Monroe was heavily featured in the first half with Drummond in foul trouble and had a double-double with 14 points and 10 rebounds. He only had 3 points on 3 shots and a rebound in the second half.

-- The Heat outscored the Pistons in the paint, 52-50.

-- For all the weak whistles against the Pistons, the Pistons actually received eight extra attempts at the free throw line.

-- Jerebko was productive in limited minutes, even if the box score doesn't show it.

-- Box Score

-- Roll Call

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