Prince, Pistons Hotter Than Heat in Opener

Tayshaun's career-best game leads Detroit to 91-80 win over Miami
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 2, 2007 3:36 AM CDT
Detroit Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince (22) shoots over Miami Heat center Alonzo Mourning (33) in the third quarter during their regular season opening NBA basketball game Thursday, Nov. 1, 2007, in...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Detroit Pistons, without Rip Hamilton, handily beat the Miami Heat, playing without Dwyane Wade, in last night's season opener, reports the Miami Herald. Ricky Davis' 23 points weren't enough for the Heat, as Tayshaun Prince stepped up for Detroit, scoring a career-high 34 points and 12 rebounds in the 91-80 victory.

Shaquille O'Neal couldn't seem to fill his own shoes, let alone make up for Wade's absence. After earning nothing but three fouls in the first half, Shaq came back with nine points in the second, but the Pistons' switch to zone defense left Miami reeling, and the team managed only four points in the first five minutes of the fourth quarter.