Pistons vs. Heat - 2005-06 Regular Season Series

Pistons Won Season Series 3-1

The Pistons won the season series against the Heat 3-1.
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Detroit won the four-game series 3-1 against Miami during the 2005-06 season.

This Season vs. Miami

Detroit Pistons 106, Miami Heat 101 - December 29, 2005 at The Palace of Auburn Hills

Chauncey Billups and Rasheed Wallace were too much down the stretch.

Billups scored 30 points and Wallace added 21 as the Detroit Pistons won their ninth straight game with a 106-101 victory over the Miami Heat.

The Pistons led 79-72 at the start of the fourth quarter and Wallace's 3-pointer helped extend that advantage to nine points with 10:49 remaining. The Heat battled back to get within two at 83-81 on Dwyane Wade's jumper with 9:16 to play.

Miami rallied to tie the game at 99-99, but Billups sank

December 29 vs. Heat

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a pull-up jumper to give Detroit some breathing room and Rasheed Wallace's deep 3-pointer with 1:06 left gave them a five-point lead.

The Heat had a chance to get within one possession but Wade missed a jumper with 51 seconds remaining and Billups sank two free throws to seal the victory.

Hamilton had 25 points and nine assists and Ben Wallace pulled down 14 boards for the Pistons, who connected on 7-of-18 3-pointers.

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    Detroit Pistons 98, Miami Heat 100 - February 12, 2006 at AmericanAirlines Arena, Miami, FL

    February 12 vs. Heat

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    Dwyane Wade flashed his own brilliance to the defending Eastern Conference champions.

    Wade scored his team's final 17 points, including the go-ahead jumper with 2.3 seconds remaining, as the Miami Heat rallied for a 100-98 victory over the Detroit Pistons.

    However, it looked like Wade's performance would go to waste when All-Stars Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton drained 3-pointers around a follow by Wade, giving the Pistons a 96-92 lead with 2:17 to go.

    Billups had 29 points and 10 assists, Hamilton scored 25 points and Wallace 21 for the league-leading Pistons (41-9), who fell to 2-3 in their last five games.

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    Detroit Pistons 82, Miami Heat 73 - March 22, 2006 at The Palace of Auburn Hills

    March 22 at Heat

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    It wasn't any of their four All-Stars that pushed the Detroit Pistons past the Miami Heat. It was Tayshaun Prince and Antonio McDyess.

    Prince and McDyess took over the offense in the decisive fourth quarter as the Pistons sent a message to the Heat with an 82-73 victory that clinched their fourth Central Division title in five years.

    Chauncey Billups had 24 points and 10 assists for the Pistons (54-13), who displayed their postseason poise as they overcame their worst shooting performance of the season and a 12-point third-quarter deficit.

    Detroit also used its trademark defense as it limited Miami to 30 points in the second half and silenced Heat All-Star guard Dwyane Wade, who managed 13 points on 3-of-15 shooting.

    Prince and Hamilton scored 17 points each and McDyess added nine for Detroit, which shot less than 35 percent (29-of-83) from the field but committed just five turnovers while forcing 15. Rasheed Wallace and Ben Wallace had 10 rebounds each.

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    Detroit Pistons 95, Miami Heat 82 - April 6, 2006 at American Airlines Arena, Miami, FL

    April 6 vs. Heat

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    The Detroit Pistons gave the Miami Heat a taste of what they could be up against in the Eastern Conference playoffs.

    All-Star Rasheed Wallace and Tayshaun Prince scored 20 points apiece and Richard Hamilton added 19 as the Pistons posted a 95-82 victory over the Heat to capture three of the four meetings this season.

    With their sixth consecutive win, the Pistons (61-14) moved three games ahead of the idle San Antonio Spurs for the best record in the NBA and home-court advantage throughout the postseason.

    Detroit, which lost its previous game in Miami (100-98) when Dwyane Wade scored his team's final 17 points on Feb. 12, set a franchise record with its 27th road victory of the season.

    Down the stretch, the Pistons seized control with a 10-1 run. Following a dunk by Shaquille O'Neal with 4:03 left that narrowed the gap to 81-79, Wallace and Chauncey Billups hit 3-pointers around a Wade free throw for a 87-80 edge just over a minute later. Prince capped the burst with a jumper with just 68 seconds left.

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