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• This was unusual: a team coached by Pat Riley scoring more than 100 points and losing, as the Pistons beat the Heat 106-101 Thursday night. Since the start of the 1996-1997 season, Riley's teams are 95-10 when topping the 100-point mark in regulation time.
• Shaquille O'Neal scored 11 points in the first quarter of the Heat's loss to the Pistons. That equaled the highest first-period total ever by a center starting opposite Ben Wallace. The only others to oppose Wallace and score 11 points in the first period were David Robinson (2001) and Kevin Willis (1999).
O'Neal added six points in the second quarter, becoming the first center opposing Wallace to score more than 15 points by halftime since Shaq himself scored 17 in the first half on March 15, 2001. He finished with 24 points and nearly maintained his career scoring average of 26.6 in 12 head-to-head starts against Big Ben.