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Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons takes place on Friday evening with the Heat trying to get back on track after their long winning streak against the Pistons came to an end in December. The game is set to tip off at 7.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream (details below).
Even though the Heat lost to the Pistons last month, they were missing Dwyane Wade for that game. He is back, and coming into this game following his highest scoring game of the season so far. Wade will be hoping to lead the Heat to their fourth straight win tonight.
Even though Wade has struggled this season points-wise - his 20.5 point average is the lowest since his rookie season - but he seems to be getting back in the groove, and his performance in the Heat's 123-116 overtime win against Toronto was much more what fans are used to be seeing. He scored 35 points in that game on Wednesday as the Heat came back from 15 points behind at half time to claim the win.
It should also be noted that he is shooting a career best 51.2 percent this season, indicating total points are not everything.
The Heat come into this game with a record of 27-12, which is enough to see them lead the Eastern Conference.
Wade has said, "I think I have been playing decent. I just want to stay focused and hope to have the ability to have more games like this," according to NBA.com.
The Pistons meanwhile come into this game with a record of 16-26, and will be up against it; they have lost five of six on the road to Miami. On Wednesday the Pistons went into their game against Chicago on the back of two straight wins and were close to extending that run. However, they were unable to maintain their push and succumbed to the Bulls in a low scoring game 82-85. They will see that as a missed opportunity having led by 17 points in the second half, but allowed Chicago to claw their way back after Detroit only managed to shoot 36.6 percent in the final 24 minutes.
Miami Heat vs Detroit Pistons will tip off at 7.30 p.m. ET and can be watched online through free live stream by clicking here.