MIAMI (AP) -- Justise Winslow scored 16 points, and the Miami Heat opened the second half on a 21-0 run on the way to an easy 108-74 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

It was the biggest unanswered-point run and largest victory margin of the season for the Heat, who are trying to hang on in the Eastern Conference playoff race. Dion Waiters scored 14 points, Josh Richardson and Hassan Whiteside each scored 13 and Dwyane Wade had 11 for Miami.

Blake Griffin scored 13 points for Detroit, which got 11 from Wayne Ellington. The Pistons have now dropped consecutive games for the first time since Jan. 25 and 29 -- and both were blowout losses, with this one on the heels of a 103-75 rout in Brooklyn on Wednesday.

Detroit missed its first 11 shots of the third quarter, eight of them from 3-point range. A 54-49 Miami lead at the half looked tenuous.

Before long, the outcome was obvious.

Bam Adebayo had seven points in the 21-0 run, Waiters and Kelly Olynyk each added five, and the game was obviously never going to be in doubt again.

Miami (32-35) is still No. 8 in the East, now two games ahead of No. 9 Orlando and two games back of No. 7 Detroit.

Andre Drummond fouled out with 6:30 left and finished with five points and nine rebounds -- snapping his run of 19 consecutive double-doubles, which left him tied with Bob Lanier for the Pistons' all-time record streak in that department.

It wasn't Drummond's night.

It wasn't the Pistons' night in any way. They shot 36 percent, got outrebounded 51-36 and were 8 for 37 from 3-point range. It went down as Detroit's second-worst loss of the season, topped only by a 37-pointer at Indiana on Dec. 28.

There have been four instances of a team holding another to eight points or less in a quarter this season.

Miami is responsible for three of them.

Houston held Chicago to seven in the third quarter on Nov. 3 -- and the rest of the list is all Heat. Miami held the Los Angeles Clippers to

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