Game Recap: Whiteside’s buzzer-beater tip-in leads Heat past Pistons 97-96

Tonight the Detroit Pistons (34-41) lost in stunning fashion to the more than likely playoff bound Miami Heat (36-38) 97-96. With 11.3 seconds left in regulation, the Pistons led by 1 but Hassan Whiteside’s last second tip-in over Andre Drummond sealed the Heats victory along with dashing the Pistons playoff hopes.

With under a minute remaining, Stanley Johnson had two costly blunders that allowed the Heat back in the game. Coach Stan Van Gundy commented on Johnson’s unlikely technical foul:

Overall, these two teams battled the whole fourth quarter. The Pistons bench really helped get the team back into game with extra energy and defensive stops. The catalyst of this run was Aron Baynes. Baynes played great defense, protecting the rim while slamming down a few dunks.

With Reggie Jackson out, Ish Smith started again and he did not disappoint. Ish hit a clutch midrange jumper to put the Pistons up 4 with 30.1 seconds left in the game. Smith finished with 19 points and 6 rebounds. Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons in scoring with 25 points.

For the Heat, Goran Dragic could not be stopped. Dragic scored a game-high 28 points while dishing 4 assists. Hassan Whiteside’s posted a near double-double with 17 points and 9 rebounds. Off the bench, James Johnson pitched in with 16 points and 6 rebounds.

As of now, the Pistons season looks at a lost. Reggie Jackson may be shut down for the season and the Pistons are on the outside looking in for the playoffs. The Pistons will stay home and face the Brooklyn Nets (16-58) on Thursday at 7:30pm EST.

Featured Image: Detroit Free Press

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