It didn't matter how. Only that the Miami Heat did.
So on a night when an 18-point lead almost disappeared, what ultimately mattered most was finding a way to close out Saturday night's 105-96 victory over the Detroit Pistons at AmericanAirlines.
"Both teams knew what this game was about," Heat coach Erik Spoelstra said. "Competitors want these kinds of games."
It was a victory that put the Heat four games clear, with 19 games to play, of the Pistons for the eighth and final playoff berth in the Eastern Conference and now within a half-game of the No. 7 Milwaukee Bucks, having already clinched that tiebreaker.
The tiebreaker with the Pistons...