AUBURN HILLS, Mich., Dec. 30 (Ticker) --
Dwyane Wade helped give
Shaquille O'Neal something he has not had in nearly three years
- a win in Detroit.
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Wade recorded his first career triple-double with 31 points, 10
assists and 10 rebounds and O'Neal added 21 points as the Miami
Heat ran their winning streak to 13 games with an 89-78 victory
over the Detroit Pistons.
While a member of the Los Angeles Lakers, O'Neal had lost five
in a row at the Palace of Auburn Hills, including the final
three games of the NBA Finals last season dating to January
2002. That streak was pushed to six earlier this season in a
78-77 loss November 26.
But he combined with Wade to score 14 points in an 18-2 run to
close the game and finish the best month in team history. Miami
went 14-1 in December - one game better than its 13-2 mark in
Antonio McDyess made a layup with 7:35 left to put Detroit
ahead, 76-71. It was the last basket by the Pistons, who missed
their final 13 shots and made just 14 percent (3-of-22) in the
Wade scored 18 points in the first half, but the Pistons shot 50
percent (20-of-40) to take a 47-41 lead at the break.
O'Neal and Udonis Haslem combined for 14 in the third quarter,
but Richard Hamilton hit a layup at the buzzer to give Detroit a
69-67 edge heading into the final period.
Hamilton scored 19 points and Rasheed Wallace had 13 and 11
rebounds for the Pistons, who had a three-game winning streak