Pistons Wrap Up No. 2 Seed

Stuckey scores 19 as Detroit tops Miami, 91-75, and Heat helps its lottery chances
By Jesse Andrews,  Newser User
Posted Apr 6, 2008 9:21 PM CDT
Miami Heat guard Earl Barron (30) goes up for a shot defended by Detroit Pistons center Theo Ratliff (42) in the second half of an NBA basketball game in Miami, Sunday, April 6, 2008.    (AP Photo/Jon Way)
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(Newser) – Rodney Stuckey scored 19 points, Tayshaun Prince added 14 on 6-for-7 shooting and the Detroit Pistons wrapped up the No. 2 seed for the Eastern Conference playoffs by beating the Miami Heat 91-75 on Sunday. Jarvis Hayes, Jason Maxiell, Juan Dixon and Arron Afflalo each scored 10 points for the Pistons, who won their fifth straight.

The win also means that the top three spots in the East—Boston, Detroit and Orlando, in that order—are now set, although it's been a foregone conclusion they would wind up that way for weeks. Earl Barron scored 20 points for Miami, which lost its seventh straight and moved closer to clinching the NBA's worst record.