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Rookie Kennard sparks Pistons in 112-103 win over Heat

DETROIT (AP) Detroit Pistons rookie Luke Kennard took advantage of his opportunity to play clutch minutes for coach Stan Van Gundy.

Kennard finished with 14 points off the bench, shooting 6 of 11 from the field, including 2 of 5 from 3-point range, helping the Pistons to a 112-103 victory over the Miami Heat on Sunday.

At 10-3, Detroit is second behind Boston in the Eastern Conference and off to its best start since going 15-3 in 2005-06. The Pistons swept a five-game homestand.

''We really stayed poised,'' said Kennard, who has been in and out of the rotation this season. ''We stayed together, stayed connected and guys made plays all around the court. Everybody made an impact.''

Tobias Harris had 25 points, Avery Bradley scored 24, Reggie Jackson had 17 points and Andre Drummond added eight points and 17 rebounds for the Pistons. Detroit used a 10-0 run midway through the fourth quarter to pull away.

''Our guys got down in the second half and just kept playing, kept fighting,'' Van Gundy said. ''I was really proud of our guys.''

Hassan Whiteside had 20 points and 12 rebounds, and Dion Waiters added 16 points and five assists for Miami.

''We were not able to dictate and impose our style on this game, pretty much all across the board,'' Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. ''You have to credit them, they flattened us out.''

The Pistons led 58-55 at halftime and 83-81 entering the final quarter. They opened a 91-86 edge after Kennard's jumper. Later, after a 6-0 run got Miami to 93-92, Kennard hit consecutive shots - a runner and a 3-pointer - to make it 98-92 with 7 minutes left.

Kennard's layup made it 107-97 with 2:24 left.

''As a rookie, his composure and the way he plays the game, it's awesome to see,'' Harris said. ''The lift he gave us coming off the bench, in big minutes, too, I'm proud of him.''

CONNECTIONS

Van Gundy was an assistant with the Heat from 1995-03 and the team's head coach from 2003-06. Pistons assistant Tim Hardaway played for the Heat from 1996-01 and his No. 10 Miami jersey was retired. ... Heat assistant Juwan Howard played college basketball at Michigan.

LONG-RANGE START

Miami's first four made shots to open the game were 3-pointers, giving the Heat a 12-7 lead, before Whiteside's short jumper broke the string. Miami started 4 of 7 from 3-point range and finished the first quarter 7 of 16 from beyond the arc and 11 of 22 overall from the field. The Pistons made 4 of 8 3-pointers in the first quarter and led 31-29.

TIP-INS

Heat: Former Michigan point point Derrick Walton Jr., now a rookie with Miami, attended Michigan's home basketball game Saturday night in Ann Arbor and was part of a pregame banner ceremony to recognize the Wolverines' Big Ten tournament title last season. He did not play in Sunday's game at Little Caesars Arena. ... G/F Rodney McGruder (left tibia) did not play.

Pistons: Starting small forward Stanley Johnson (right hip flexor strain) missed Sunday's game, his third in a row. Van Gundy is hopeful Johnson will return for Detroit's game at Milwaukee on Wednesday. ... F/C Jon Leuer (left ankle) also did not play against the Heat.

UP NEXT

Heat: Host Washington on Wednesday night.

Pistons: At Milwaukee on Wednesday night.

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Key Players
G. Dragic
7 G
A. Drummond
0 C
33.2 Min. Per Game 33.2
14.2 Pts. Per Game 14.2
3.2 Ast. Per Game 3.2
15.5 Reb. Per Game 15.5
47.1 Field Goal % 53.4
47.4 Three Point % 54.4
81.5 Free Throw % 63.2
  Offensive rebound by Anthony Tolliver 0:12
  Reggie Jackson missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:15
+ 1 James Johnson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:40
  James Johnson missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:40
  Team rebound 0:40
  Personal foul on Luke Kennard 0:40
+ 1 Avery Bradley made free throw 0:44
  Shooting foul on Tyler Johnson 0:44
+ 2 Avery Bradley made layup 0:44
  Offensive rebound by Avery Bradley 0:44
  Reggie Jackson missed layup, blocked by Tyler Johnson 0:44
Team Stats
Points 103 112
Field Goals 39-90 (43.3%) 42-87 (48.3%)
3-Pointers 13-37 (35.1%) 14-28 (50.0%)
Free Throws 12-16 (75.0%) 14-20 (70.0%)
Total Rebounds 46 60
Offensive 7 11
Defensive 32 43
Team 7 6
Assists 25 24
Steals 8 2
Blocks 5 5
Turnovers 9 13
Fouls 22 17
Technicals 0 0
18 PTS, 4 REB, 7 AST
25 PTS, 7 REB, 1 AST
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away team logo Heat 6-7 29292322103
home team logo Pistons 10-3 31242829112
Team Stats
away team logo Heat 6-7 100.5 PPG 42.6 RPG 21.8 APG
home team logo Pistons 10-3 103.4 PPG 42.9 RPG 22.8 APG
Key Players
H. Whiteside C 14.2 PPG 11.9 RPG 0.8 APG 55.0 FG%
T. Harris F PPG RPG APG FG%
Top Scorers
H. Whiteside C 20 PTS 12 REB 0 AST
T. Harris F 25 PTS 7 REB 1 AST
43.3 FG% 48.3
35.1 3PT FG% 50.0
75.0 FT% 70.0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Whiteside 29 20 12 0 1 2 0 3 9/16 0/0 2/3 3 9 35 0
G. Dragic 34 18 4 7 0 1 2 2 6/14 2/4 4/4 1 3 35 -3
D. Waiters 31 16 4 5 3 0 4 3 7/17 2/9 0/0 1 3 29 +3
J. Richardson 35 15 5 4 1 1 0 2 5/11 3/7 2/3 1 4 30 +1
J. Winslow 23 4 4 1 2 0 0 3 2/8 0/1 0/0 1 3 12 +4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
H. Whiteside 29 20 12 0 1 2 0 3 9/16 0/0 2/3 3 9 35 0
G. Dragic 34 18 4 7 0 1 2 2 6/14 2/4 4/4 1 3 35 -3
D. Waiters 31 16 4 5 3 0 4 3 7/17 2/9 0/0 1 3 29 +3
J. Richardson 35 15 5 4 1 1 0 2 5/11 3/7 2/3 1 4 30 +1
J. Winslow 23 4 4 1 2 0 0 3 2/8 0/1 0/0 1 3 12 +4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
J. Johnson 26 10 3 2 1 0 0 2 3/8 0/1 4/5 0 3 18 -23
K. Olynyk 16 8 2 0 0 0 2 4 3/5 2/4 0/1 0 2 8 -10
W. Ellington 9 6 1 1 0 0 1 0 2/4 2/4 0/0 0 1 8 -3
T. Johnson 33 6 4 5 0 1 0 3 2/7 2/7 0/0 0 4 21 -14
A. Hammons - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. McGruder - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Mickey - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
O. White - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Adebayo - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Williams - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Walton - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
U. Haslem - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 103 39 25 8 5 9 22 39/90 13/37 12/16 7 32 196 -45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 36 25 7 1 0 0 0 2 8/15 5/8 4/4 0 7 34 +6
A. Bradley 30 24 6 1 2 0 3 0 9/19 2/5 4/4 2 4 31 -2
R. Jackson 28 17 4 4 0 0 5 4 7/15 1/3 2/2 0 4 24 -3
A. Drummond 36 8 17 4 0 1 3 4 3/8 0/0 2/4 6 11 31 +9
R. Bullock 20 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 2 7 -12
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Harris 36 25 7 1 0 0 0 2 8/15 5/8 4/4 0 7 34 +6
A. Bradley 30 24 6 1 2 0 3 0 9/19 2/5 4/4 2 4 31 -2
R. Jackson 28 17 4 4 0 0 5 4 7/15 1/3 2/2 0 4 24 -3
A. Drummond 36 8 17 4 0 1 3 4 3/8 0/0 2/4 6 11 31 +9
R. Bullock 20 0 3 2 0 0 0 0 0/3 0/1 0/0 1 2 7 -12
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Kennard 27 14 5 3 0 1 2 2 6/11 2/5 0/1 0 5 24 +21
I. Smith 19 11 4 7 0 0 0 0 5/7 0/0 1/3 1 3 29 +12
A. Tolliver 18 9 3 2 0 1 0 1 3/4 3/3 0/0 1 2 17 +9
L. Galloway 17 4 4 0 0 0 0 1 1/4 1/3 1/2 0 4 8 +11
E. Moreland 4 0 1 0 0 2 0 3 0/1 0/0 0/0 0 1 3 -6
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Johnson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Montero - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 112 54 24 2 5 13 17 42/87 14/28 14/20 11 43 208 +45