Down at the end of the first quarter? Check.

Trailing at halftime? Yup.

Behind by seven in the third quarter? Wouldn't have it any other way.

To a degree, at least by recent Heat standards, this played out to form.

The winning streak is now 25, because the one thing the Miami Heat have shown is an ability to streak past opponents when needed.

No, this 103-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons at AmericanAirlines Arena was nothing like the last-breath comebacks earlier in the week against the Boston Celtics and Cleveland Cavaliers, when second-half deficits of 17 and 27, respectively, were overcome.

Yet even against a 23-47 opponent lacking point guard Brandon Knight at forward Andre Drummond, a double-digit deficit had to be overcome, this time from 11 back in the second quarter.

It was the fifth double-digit comeback during the streak, which now is eight victories from matching the all-time record of 33 in a row by the 1971-72 Los Angeles Lakers.

The victory also extended the Heat's home winning streak to 16, two shy of the franchise record.

In the process, the Heat reduced their magic number for clinching to the No. 1 overall playoff seed in the Eastern Conference to three, any combination of Heat victories and Indiana Pacers losses equaling that total.

It wasn't easy, at least for the first three quarters, with center Chris Bosh opening 0 for 6 and not making his first basket until 5:47 remained. And the Heat again had to deal with a considerable rebounding deficit.