Detroit Pistons likely to shut down Reggie Jackson for the season

The Heat occupy eighth spot it the Eastern Conference with a 35-39 win-loss record, half a game ahead of the Pistons (34-41).

Whiteside capped a showing of 17 points and nine rebounds after a wild scramble in which James Johnson and Goran Dragic missed shots.

James Johnson and Goran Dragic missed shots before Whiteside got his hands on the ball in traffic.

The Pistons fourth quarter comeback attempt came up just short as Hassan Whiteside tipped in a game victor to hand the Pistons their fifth straight loss.

Ish Smith had 19 points in 7 for 13 shooting, while Tobias Harris came off the bench to also score 19, making 7 of 14 field goal attempts.

"That one hurts", Smith said. Even with the month-long swoon begun in mid-December - largely aberrant, the product of opponent's shooting 45 percent from the 3-point line over a 15-game stretch - and the recent struggles as a response to overwhelming offensive frustration, the Pistons sit 11th in defensive rating. "They played really hard". Dragic made a jumper about five seconds later, so Miami was down just one with 24.5 seconds left. They want to play well for each other.

First there was bemusement over the delay-of-game technical foul on second-year forward Stanley Johnson with 30.1 seconds to play for not yielding sufficient space for a Heat inbounds pass with the Pistons up 96-92 with 30.1 seconds to play.

Auburn Hills - In the most important game of the Pistons' season, they didn't have their biggest piece, at the biggest time.

Miami forced a jump ball on the next possession, which was won by Johnson.

Heat: G Dion Waiters (left ankle) was out again, and there is still no timetable for his return. After an 11-26 start, Miami is now in good position to make the playoffs. Prior to the game, the coach said it was strictly his decision and that Jackson wanted to play.

Jon Leuer was a non-factor for much of the game, despite retaining his starting spot in the lineup.

Jackson is dealing with a right knee tendinitis and isn't expected to play Tuesday against the Heat, Rod Beard of The Detroit News reports. In the first and only meeting between the two teams this year, Carmelo Anthony scored 35 points to lead NY over the Heat 114-103 on December 6. But his winning basket was all that mattered.

Hassan Whiteside scored on a tip-in just before the buzzer, giving the Miami Heat a 97-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night at The Palace.

"He really cares about the guys in the locker room and that's one of the most powerful things I've seen as a coach", Spoelstra said. You might want to get a film clip of that because you won't see that call in the last minute of a game for about another five or six years, whether it happens or not.

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