AUBURN HILLS (WWJ/AP) Not even the Queen of Soul could inspire the Pistons as they  lose to the Miami Heat 106-92 at the Palace Friday night. Seated in the Palace crowd, Aretha Franklin, in good spirits and “loving the game” as she told the Associated Press.

Austin Daye scored 18 points for Detroit. But Miami dominated Friday, leading from start to finish. Dwyane Wade scored 24 points and LeBron James added 16 points and 10 assists, helping the streaking Miami Heat take over sole possession of first place in the Eastern Conference.

Wade threw down an impressive alley-oop dunk from James in the first quarter to give his team a 16-7 lead. Although the Pistons trailed by only four after that quarter, Miami broke the game open with a 12-2 run to start the second.

The Heat entered the night tied atop the conference with Boston, which was off after losing to the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday.

The Pistons play Portland on Sunday at the Palace as the Celtics host the Heat.

 (Copyright 2011 WWJ Newsradio 950. All Rights Reserved.)  (Copyright 2011 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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