"Our turnovers are creeping up and our defense is not as good", Van Gundy said. The Pistons made 4 of 8 3-pointers in the first quarter and led 31-29.
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.
Detroit shot 48.3 percent from the floor overall (42-87), 50 percent from 3-point range (14 of 28) and outrebounded Miami, 54-39.
■ The Pistons continued to look to their bench in the absence of two of their rotation players.
Kennard hit numerous clutch baskets in the fourth quarter, helping the Pistons (10-3) finally pull away from the Heat (6-7). Avery Bradley contributed 20 points and four rebounds. He did not play in Sunday's game.
The Miami Heat pay a visit to Little Caesars Palace to take on the Detroit Pistons on Sunday. The Pistons have also beaten Milwaukee, Sacramento and Indiana during their current streak. His 49.3 three-point percentage ranks seventh in the association, and nobody in front of him in the category has attempted more of them.
The Heat couldn't get their deficit closer than seven points the rest of the way.
Pistons power forward Jon Leuer is questionable to play while small forward Stanley Johnson is doubtful. It was reassuring to see the Pistons take care of business at home against a mid-level Eastern Conference squad. The Pstons are 6-1 ATS in their last seven Sunday games.
Harris has been perhaps the most important player for the Pistons early this season and his success from three-point range has played a pivotal role.
Kennard after the game was in a spot he probably hasn't grown accustomed to this season, which was mobbed by reporters wanting to get his thoughts. Moses Malone in 1978-79 and Kevin Love in 2011-12 were the others.
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