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Posted: Friday October 19, 2012 12:46AM ; Updated: Friday October 19, 2012 12:46AM

Preseason: Wade scores 21, Heat beat Pistons

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Dwyane Wade led Miami with 21 points in Thursday's preseason win over Detroit.
Dwyane Wade led Miami with 21 points in Thursday's preseason win over Detroit.
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MIAMI (AP) -- Dwyane Wade's surgically repaired left knee looks to be just fine.

Wade scored 21 points and handed out five assists in 23 minutes, and the Miami Heat beat the Detroit Pistons 105-78 in a preseason game on Thursday night.

Chris Bosh scored 17 points and LeBron James scored 13 for Miami, which led 27-11 after one quarter in its first exhibition since returning home from China earlier this week.

Combined, the Wade-Bosh-James trio shot 19 for 31 from the floor, with 14 assists, 13 rebounds and five steals - all getting the fourth quarter off after Miami built a 95-60 lead.

Greg Monroe scored 15 points for Detroit, which missed 18 of its first 22 shots. Brandon Knight added 12 for the Pistons.

Several Heat regulars did not play because of minor injuries, including Mario Chalmers, Udonis Haslem and Joel Anthony.

Boston 115, Brooklyn 85

NEW YORK (AP) -- That beautiful new Brooklyn arena and those slick black uniforms are getting the Nets plenty of attention.

The Boston Celtics sure noticed, and they delivered a reminder that the road to the Atlantic Division title doesn't run through Atlantic Avenue just yet.

Paul Pierce scored 18 points despite briefly leaving with an ankle injury, and the Celtics spoiled the Nets' return to national TV with an exhibition victory.

Courtney Lee also had 18 for the Celtics and Jason Terry made all five of his 3-point attempts for 15 points. The Nets rallied to pull that one out even while resting their starters, but they fell too far behind in this one for a comeback.

Brook Lopez scored 14 points for the Nets, who lost for the first time in four preseason games. All-Star guards Deron Williams and Joe Johnson shot a combined 6 of 22 from the field.

The game was televised by TNT, the Nets' first national TV appearance since a March 30, 2011, game at the Knicks. But while the Nets' $1 billion new arena and upgraded roster are earning them plenty of recognition, their game doesn't look quite ready for prime time, yet.

Rondo had 14 points and nine assists, and Garnett finished with 14 points for the Celtics, who had been 0-3 against NBA teams. Their only preseason victory before Thursday was during their two-game European trip.

Memphis 97, Milwaukee 94

LA CROSSE, Wis. (AP) -- Michael Conley made two free throws with three seconds remaining and Beno Udrih missed a 3-pointer as time expired to give the Memphis Grizzlies a victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Conley had nine points in the final 5:06 to hold off the Bucks, who trailed by as many as six points in the fourth quarter.

Conley and Rudy Gay each finished with 20 points to lead the Grizzlies and Marreese Speights had 16 points and 10 rebounds.

Monta Ellis had 20 points for the Bucks and Brandon Jennings had 19 points, four assists and two steals.

Jennings forced a steal late in the game and then set up Mike Dunleavy for a layup to pull the Bucks within one point with four seconds to go.

Jennings also hit 5 of 6 on 3-pointers for the Bucks, who shot 52.4 percent from beyond the arc.

Atlanta 97, New Orleans 68

ATLANTA (AP) -- Devin Harris scored 14 points, including nine in Atlanta's 21-1 run to open the second half, and the Hawks beat the New Orleans Hornets.

Harris joined Jeff Teague and DeShawn Stevenson in Atlanta's three-guard lineup.

Josh Smith led the Hawks with 16 points. Al Horford had 10 points and 11 rebounds. Anthony Morrow had 15 points.

Anthony Davis, the No. 1 overall draft pick, led the Hornets with 19 points, including 15 in the first half. Another rookie, Austin Rivers, had 11 points.

Following a 40-40 halftime tie, the Hornets missed their first 13 shots from the field in the third quarter. The Hawks outscored the Hornets 26-7 in the quarter.

Teague left the game with a left ankle injury in the third period. Hawks rookie John Jenkins was held out with a bruised left hand.

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