Updated: April 8, 2012, 9:20 PM ET
LeBron James 12-22 FG | 1-5 FT | 4 REB | 2 AST | 26 PTS | +8
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With Dwyane Wade sitting out and Norris Cole demoted from backup point guard duties, LeBron picked up the slack in both respects. LeBron was in full command of the offense against the Pistons, dictating the flow and playing freely. Sunday confirmed what we know to be true: LeBron looks better without Wade, even if the Heat may not be.

Mike Miller 0-5 FG | 0-0 FT | 4 REB | 0 AST | 0 PTS | +6
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Shane Battier got the start in place of Wade (ankle, day-to-day) but Miller's return was more notable. After missing 14 games with an ankle injury of his own, Miller looked winded and rusty, but he certainly wasn't timid with his shot. He didn't have any luck with his shot, but that will come. Every game without aggravating his ankle is a victory for Miller.

Chris Bosh 7-18 FG | 8-10 FT | 9 REB | 1 AST | 22 PTS | +27
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What, you thought LeBron was the only beneficiary of Wade being out? Bosh relished his role as the No. 2 option, which has to be a confidence-builder. For the first time in a long time, Bosh convincingly outplayed the opposing frontline. It's Detroit, but still. The real question becomes whether he can maintain this strong production with Wade active.

James Jones 6-8 FG | 0-0 FT | 1 REB | 0 AST | 18 PTS | + 21
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No hesitation on that jumper. And why should he? The 3-ball is his calling card. The fan favorite got some extra minutes with Wade being out and he made the most of it. If he's hitting shots like that, he'll always have a place in the rotation. Or at least he should; Battier has scored 18 points just once all season.

Detroit Pistons
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Brandon Knight's hard work pregame paid off on Sunday, but the rest of the team barely showed up. After taking advantage of a soft schedule recently, the Pistons looked like they were turning the corner. Apparently not. On some nights, the Pistons just look like a bunch of No. 3 options out there; Sunday night was one of those nights.

Grades by Tom Haberstroh

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