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Pistons vs. Heat final score: Pistons lose 99-93, clinch No. 8 seed

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The Pistons will play the Cleveland Cavaliers at least five more times this season.

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When Reggie Jackson was listed as out because of a abdominal strain 15 minutes before tip-off, you knew the Pistons would have trouble winning against Miami. Combine that with a vintage Noted Piston Killer Joe Johnson performance in the fourth quarter, and you have the recipe for Detroit clinching the No. 8 seed.

Steve Blake played well enough in Reggie Jackson's absence (10 points, seven assists), Andre Drummond had nine points and 18 rebounds, and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons with 17 points. Noted Piston Killer Joe Johnson scored 25 points, 16 of which came in the final quarter (on perfect six-for-six shooting).

In the grand scheme of things, this loss matters very little for the Pistons. The No. 7 seed was unlikely, as Indiana holds the playoff tiebreaker over Detroit and had two games left against inferior competition coming into tonight's game. Ultimately, Reggie's (hopefully rapidly improving) health and the fact that no more Pistons got injured matters much more than the outcome of this game.


The Pistons will play their final game of the 2015-16 NBA regular season Wednesday, in Cleveland.