Miami Heat Easily Beat Detroit Pistons 88-73

James had 17 points and 10 assists, Wade had 24 points and Miami collected their 35th win of the season, walking past the Pistons.

The game was effectively over before it began, with Detroit sitting at just 16-31. Ben Gordon was unable to match his scoring antics from the other night, finishing scoreless from three point range and finishing with just 10 points.

The Heat have been certainly less than impressive over the past fortnight or so, but have still picked up easy wins. The All Star break came at a bad time for Miami as they were on a huge hot streak climaxing in their dismantling of Linsanity and the Knicks. Since the break they’ve dropped 5 games as James and Wade’s production and efficiency has been down. Their talent alone has earned wins they were expected to take, but they are a long way off where they need to be.

Miami host Oklahoma City on Sunday night in what most believe will be a preview of the upcoming Finals series. The Thunder have been on a tear of late, coming off an incredible 149-140 win through multiple overtimes against Kevin Love and the T’Wolves.

It will be the first showdown between the two of the season and will be a startling reality check for both franchises.

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