MIAMI – It was just a game, not a playoff series. Still, Brandon Jennings finally got a long-awaited win over the Miami Heat.
And he made the two biggest plays to get it done.
Jennings made a deep, well-covered 3-pointer to snuff out one Miami rally with 4:09 left, then stole the ball from LeBron James to set up another score two minutes later, and the Detroit Pistons beat the Heat 107-97 on Tuesday night to snap the NBA champions’ 10-game winning streak.
Kyle Singler scored 18 points to lead seven Detroit players in double figures, Andre Drummond had 18 rebounds — more than any three Heat players combined — and Greg Monroe and Rodney Stuckey each scored 16 for the Pistons.
“We had a lot of good performances from a lot of people,” Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks said. “Then we just held our composure because we knew that at some point they’d make a run. Brandon made that big 3 and we were able to hold on. When Brandon hit that big 3, it kind of settled us down a little bit.”
It might have of deflated the Heat, too.
Miami trailed by as many as 18 and then got within three on a dunk by James midway through the fourth. The Heat then missed their next three shots, two of them 3-point tries that would have knotted the game, before Jennings connected from 26 feet (7.9 meters) out — “the dagger from 90 feet (27.4 meters) ,” James said afterward — to put Detroit up by six.
“Just the way the game goes,” said Heat guard Norris Cole, who was defending Jennings on the play. “He made a big shot. Just got to tip your hat.”
The Heat never got any closer. They nearly did, being down seven and with James charging downcourt with about two minutes left, but Jennings stole the ball away, brought it to the other end and set up Monroe for an easy bucket that sealed the deal for Detroit.
And for Jennings — who predicted his Milwaukee Bucks would oust the Heat in six games when they met in the opening round of last season’s playoffs, then got swept — it was a small measure of comeuppance.
“They didn’t make shots down the stretch that they usually do,” said Jennings, who’s in his first season with the Pistons. “We’re still getting better and better. But we can’t have a stretch like in the fourth, with a lead, that we couldn’t get a bucket.”
James and Michael Beasley each scored 23 for Miami. The Heat played without guard Dwyane Wade, the All-Star sitting for the fourth time this season to rest a sore knee.
Warriors 112, Raptors 103
In Oakland, Klay Thompson made four 3-pointers in the fourth quarter to fuel an improbable comeback, Stephen Curry added a pair of shots from beyond the arc down the stretch and Golden State rallied from 27 points down in the second half to beat Toronto.
Thompson finished with 22 points and seven assists, nearly matching Curry’s 27 and 10. David Lee added 18 points and eight rebounds for the Warriors.
The Raptors led 75-48 with 9:20 left in the third quarter and took an 18-point lead into the fourth.
Golden State made eight 3s over the final 12 minutes, the last coming from Harrison Barnes with 47.2 seconds remaining to give the Warriors a 109-103 lead.
76ers 126, Magic 125 (2OT)
In Philadelphia, Michael Carter-Williams had 27 points, 12 rebounds and 10 assists for his first career triple-double, and Thaddeus Young added 25 points and 12 rebounds.
Thunder 97, Kings 95
In Sacramento, Kevin Durant had 27 points and 11 rebounds to lead Oklahoma City to its eighth straight win.
The Thunder built a 17-point lead early in the fourth, but had to hold off the Kings and Isaiah Thomas, who scored 21 of his 24 points in the final period and missed a jumper with 1 second left that would have sent the game to overtime.
Nuggets 111, Nets 87
In New York, Timofey Mozgov had 17 points and a career-high 20 rebounds in another superb effort by Denver’s bench, and the Nuggets raced by Brooklyn for their seventh straight victory.
Kenneth Faried and Jordan Hamilton each added 15 points for the Nuggets, who got 57 points from the NBA’s second-highest scoring second unit.
Celtics 108, Bucks 100
In Boston, Jordan Crawford scored 25 points, Jeff Green added 18 and the Celtics avoided a third loss to struggling Milwaukee this season.
Grizzlies 110, Suns 91
In Memphis, Jon Leuer scored a career-high 23 points, Ed Davis added 21 points and 12 rebounds, and the Grizzlies made the best of a makeshift lineup to defeat Phoenix.
Mavericks 89, Bobcats 82
In Dallas, Dirk Nowitzki recovered from a rough start to score 25 points, including 14 in the fourth quarter.