MIAMI, May 27 (Ticker) -- With Tom Brady in attendance, Dwyane Wade showed that he too can lead a game-winning drive.

Wade scored 10 of his 35 points in the final seven minutes as the Miami Heat posted a 98-83 victory over the Detroit Pistons to take a 2-1 lead in the Eastern Conference finals.

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Shaquille O'Neal collected 27 points and 12 rebounds for Miami, which is halfway to avenging a seven-game loss to Detroit in last year's conference finals. The second-seeded Heat can send the Pistons to the brink of elimination Monday, when the teams meet here in Game 4.

"We've got to find a way to take that momentum back," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said. "It's going to be important for us to come (Monday) and compete, and somehow we've got to find a way to squeeze one out down here."

The top-seeded Pistons never led after the first three minutes of the contest but opened the fourth quarter with a crisp 11-0 run to close within 74-73 on back-to-back 3-pointers by Chauncey Billups with 7:45 left.

Miami coach Pat Riley called a timeout and his two superstars promptly delivered consecutive baskets to restore order. Wade drove to the rim and converted a difficult three-point play to begin a game-ending 24-10 burst and O'Neal added a hook shot in the lane on the next trip for a 79-73 lead.

"At 74-73 and seven minutes to go, and we had the lead the whole game, you're about ready to meet your basketball maker," Riley said. "I think our team responded extremely well coming out (of the timeout). Dwyane hit a real tough runner that got us a three-point lead, then he took it to six and seven, and that was it."

"That (three-point play) was probably the play of the game, and Dwyane had a lot of those," Saunders added.

In just his third NBA season, Wade already has earned a reputation as one of the league's most clutch players.

"They put the ball in my hands and trust me to make the right play," said Wade, who made 13-of-17 shots. "My teammates depend on me. Guys look at me and say, 'It's your time.' That's all you need."

The baskets by Wade and O'Neal sparked an 11-2 run for the Heat, who took an 85-75 lead with 4:26 to play. Richard Hamilton made four free throws to bring Detroit within 85-79 with 3:49 left, but Wade answered with two foul shots of his own and Antoine Walker fed Udonis Haslem for a jumper to restore a 10-point cushion.

"I get in a pick-and-roll situation and get the ball kicked back out to me. I try and make plays out of it," Walker said. "I really try to take advantage of my opportunities when they come."

The closest the Pistons got the rest of the way was 91-83 on a 3-pointer by Billups with 2:15 remaining. It was the team's first basket in 5 1/2 minutes and promptly was answered by Wade, who made two foul shots and converted a three-point play to seal the victory.

Walker scored 11 points and Haslem added 10 for Miami, which shot a blistering 58 percent (39-of-67) and dominated the boards, 40-27.

Meanwhile, the usually solid Pistons never got into an offensive rhythm as they shot just 42 percent (27-of-64) and committed 14 turnovers. The two-time defending conference champions made just 22-of-33 free throws, including only 2-of-10 by Ben Wallace, who has made just 13-of-56 foul shots this postseason.

"When you fall behind (and) you come back, you exert a lot of energy," Saunders said. "We had a situation after we got within one, we turned it over a couple times in a row and they came down and made a couple of big plays."

Billups scored 31 points on 11-of-17 shooting and Hamilton added 20 but made just 6-of-15 shots. Tayshaun Prince scored the Pistons' first three points but none thereafter, while Rasheed Wallace managed just 11 points on 4-of-11 shooting.

"Whoever is the most aggressive from start to finish is going to come away with the victory," Billups said. "We've got to try to attack early in the games, offensively and defensively. We've got to be more aggressive."

Wade scored 11 points in the opening quarter and finished the first half with 15 on 7-of-9 shooting, helping the Heat to a 49-38 lead at intermission. He scored 11 straight points for Miami at one point and capped the opening half with an underhanded alley-oop feed to O'Neal in the waning seconds.

After committing nine turnovers in Game 2, Wade knew he was going to have to take better care of the basketball for the Heat to be successful.

"I made some sloppy, stupid turnovers (in Game 2)," said Wade, who had four turnovers in this one. "Even without looking at film prior to the game, I knew for us to win, I can't have nine turnovers in a game."

"I thought (Wade) really, really took control for most of the game," Saunders said. "And Shaq was extremely aggressive early in the game."

O'Neal indeed came out strong in the early stages of the contest, scoring 15 points on 7-of-10 shooting in the first half. He grabbed eight rebounds in the opening 24 minutes, while Detroit's starting frontcourt combined for only 10 boards in that stretch.

"Today I just told the guys, 'Bring it to me, get me going, keep me going,' and they did," said O'Neal, whose effort inside was an integral factor in Miami outscoring Detroit in the paint, 50-16. "We're a power team. We've got to go inside."