AUBURN HILLS, Mich., May 29 (Ticker) -- While the Miami Heat kept their cool, the Detroit Pistons lost their composure.

Eddie Jones scored 11 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter as the Heat posted a 113-104 victory over the Pistons to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

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The defending champion Pistons recovered from blowing a double-digit lead in the second half to capture the series opener. However, the Heat have showed their mettle in winning the last two games to recapture home-court advantage.

Dwyane Wade and Shaquille O'Neal looked unstoppable in the first half and the Heat led by as many as 10 points in the third quarter before the Pistons rallied.

The Pistons opened the fourth quarter with an 11-2 run and took an 86-81 lead when Wade went to the bench with his fifth foul with 7:56 remaining.

However, Jones showed his leadership by scoring nine points in a 19-5 surge. The 11-year veteran started the burst with a 3-pointer with 7:43 left, added another shot from the arc and also had a driving layup and free throw in the run.

"We kept our poise, man. We didn't lose it," Jones said.

"Eddie was huge for us," Heat center Alonzo Mourning said. "All you've got to do is give him a little bit of daylight and he's going to make some good things happen."

During the Heat's spurt, the Pistons lost their cool as both Rasheed Wallace and Chauncey Billups picked up technical fouls.

"We kind of lost our poise," Pistons coach Larry Brown said. "And as a result of that we dug ourselves a hole."

"We're too good of a team to have a meltdown like we had tonight," said Richard Hamilton, who scored 33 points to lead the Pistons. "We've been in this situation too many times to let anything bother us, and I think this late in the season, Eastern Conference Finals, we can't afford to have any letdowns."

When Wade returned to the game with 3:30 remaining, the Heat held a 99-91 lead. The second-year All-Star drilled a tough fadeaway jumper as the shot clock expired with 2:45 left, giving Miami a 102-93 advantage.

Rasual Butler played well off the bench for the Heat, making all three of his 3-point shots. He hit a shot from the arc during the decisive burst in the fourth quarter.

"Rasual did a great job of going in," Wade said. "With my five fouls, he really went in and I'm very confident in him. This is a very good ballclub, it's not just one or two guys."

In the fourth, the Heat also did the job at the free-throw line, where they made 22-of-29 attempts. O'Neal, shooting just 47 percent at the line in the playoffs, made his first six attempts in the fourth quarter and went 8-of-12 overall.

"They just went in," O'Neal said.

The physical game featured 62 fouls and 97 free throws. Miami went 38-of-54 at the line while Detroit was 28-of-43.

Wade scored 36 points in his second straight big game and O'Neal had 24 for the top-seeded Heat, who improved to 5-0 on the road in the postseason.

"We got a total team effort here," O'Neal said. "Guys have been stepping up all year. This is the best team I've been on, by far. We've got a lot of guys banged up, we've got a lot of heart, we keep showing a lot of patience. We just played hard and I'm proud of the guys."

After scoring just 16 points in the series opener, Wade has erupted for 76 the last two games. He was at his best in the first half in this one, scoring 21 points on 9-of-14 shooting.

O'Neal also looked like his superstar self in the first half, when he scored 14 points on 7-of-8 shooting. He went just 1-of-5 from the field in the second half.

"Shaq was phenomenal, Dwyane's first half doesn't get much better than that, and they had some guys come in and make huge plays," Brown said.

O'Neal said his thigh is still bothering him, but he can count on his teammates to pick up the slack.

"It's just like a bunch of worker bees protecting the king bee, because I'm not a queen bee, I'm a king bee," O'Neal said. "Once I get it back going, it's going to be fun."

Billups and Tayshaun Prince added 18 points apiece for Detroit, which hosts Game 4 on Tuesday.

"I think next game obviously we're in a position now where it's a must-win for us," Prince said. "Obviously, we don't want to go to Miami down 3-1."

Detroit, which used its defense as its catalyst to the 2004 NBA title, allowed 100 points for just the second time this postseason. Miami shot 52 percent (34-of-65).

A jumper by Udonis Haslem with 6:26 left in the third quarter gave the Heat their biggest lead at 73-63. But the Pistons held the Heat to one basket the rest of the period to pull within 79-75 entering the fourth quarter.

Wallace added 13 points for the Pistons, who shot 44 percent (36-of-89).