Bam Adebayo hits buzzer-beating 3 as the Heat topped the Pistons 104-101

Sun, Mar 17, 2024
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Bam Adebayo hits buzzer-beating 3 as the Heat topped the Pistons 104-101

DETROIT (AP) - Bam Adebayo made a 3-pointer at the buzzer to lift the Miami Heat to a 104-101 win over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday.

Cade Cunningham missed a 3-pointer for Detroit with 9 seconds left and Terry Rozier sprinted up the court with the rebound. He couldn't get to the basket, so he tossed the ball to Adebayo, who made his third 3-pointer in the last three games.

Duncan Robinson scored a season-high 30 points for Miami on 10-for-15 shooting. Adebayo had 20 points and 17 rebounds as the Heat beat the Pistons for the second time in three days.

Robinson hit his 1,000th career 3-pointer in the first quarter. He reached the mark in 343 games, breaking the NBA record of 350 by Buddy Hield.

Evan Fournier scored a season-high 18 for the Pistons, who honored their 2004 NBA championship team at halftime. Cunningham had 17 points and nine assists, but he went 1 for 6 from beyond the arc.

Miami played without Jimmy Butler, forcing coach Erik Spoelstra to use his franchise-record 32nd starting lineup of the season.

Robinson converted a four-point play with 2:00 left, giving Miami a 101-96 lead. Isaiah Stewart's 3-pointer cut the margin to two and Adebayo's putback was ruled to come just after the shot clock expired.

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Cunningham's layup tied it, and Robinson turned the ball over to give Detroit a chance at its first lead of the game.

Miami led 90-85 with 6:33 left, thanks to a possession when Adebayo drew a foul and grabbed three offensive rebounds before tipping in the last one. But Fournier answered with his fourth 3 and Jalen Duren tied the game from the free-throw line.

The Heat led 60-50 at the half and increased the margin to 73-56 on Haywood Highsmith's jump hook midway through the quarter.

UP NEXT

Heat: At the Philadelphia 76ers on Monday.

Pistons: At the Boston Celtics on Monday.

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