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Wade leads the way as Pistons sink lower

February 25, 2009|Associated Press

MIAMI — Not only did Dwyane Wade continue his run of career highs, he sent the Detroit Pistons to a new low Tuesday night.

Wade scored 31 points and set a personal best with 16 assists, leading the Miami Heat to a 103-91 win and handing the Pistons their seventh straight loss -- Detroit's longest slide in more than seven years.

Daequan Cook scored 16 points, Jermaine O'Neal added 14 and Jamario Moon added 12 for the Heat, which took control with a 22-8 run to close the third quarter and held on from there.

Allen Iverson scored 22 points and Tayshaun Prince added 18 for the Pistons (27-28), who fell under .500 this late in a season for the first time since 2000-01.

Playing for the first time since Sunday's career-best 50-point outburst at Orlando, Wade missed his first four shots before getting on track. He had his 70th career double-double before the third quarter was done and finished 11 for 20 from the field, getting 10 points in the final 12 minutes to keep Miami (30-26) in front.

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