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Heat Beat Pistons, Lose Mashburn

Alonzo Mourning scored a season-high 39 points with 15 rebounds and seven blocks as the Miami Heat beat the Detroit Pistons 100-86 Friday night but lost Jamal Mashburn with a fractured thumb.

Mashburn, a starting forward, was injured while attempting a dunk with 7:28 left in the second quarter. There was no immediate word on how long he would be out.

The Atlantic-leading Heat won for the fourth time in five games and beat the Pistons for the 11th time in 12 meetings. The Pistons are now 2-2 under interim coach Alvin Gentry, who took over for the fired Doug Collins.

In a stellar performance, Mourning made 13-of-18 from the field and 13-of-19 free throws as he dominated Detroit's front line. Tim Hardaway added 22 points and six assists.

Grant Hill led Detroit with 22 points.

Mashburn, averaging 15.3 points and five rebounds, scored 11 in the first quarter on 5-of-7 shooting. He will be reevaluated Saturday.

Hardaway hit two straight 3-pointers, including one as the 24-second shot clock expired, to increase Miami's lead to 89-73 with 3:45 left in the game to secure the victory.

Mourning made 6-of-7 shots from the field for 16 points in the third, giving him 31 going into the fourth. Miami extended its 44-39 halftime lead to 71-61 after three.

The Pistons, who never led, pulled within 47-45 on Joe Dumars' jumper. But Miami answered with a 12-5 run, with Hardaway accounting for seven points to make it 59-50 with 5:45 left in the third.

Mashburn scored the Heat's final seven points of the first quarter, including a 3-pointer at the buzzer.

Notes: Miami extended its NBA record to 343 straight games with a 3-pointer with Mashburn's at the buzzer to end the first quarter. ... Donald Trump made the trip from his Palm Beach winter home and sat behind the Heat bench. ... Mashburn had been rumored to be part of a deal that would bring Sacramento All-Star guard Mitch Richmond back home to Miami. ... The Pistons last beat Miami on Dec. 22, 1995.

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