AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Michael Beasley had to wait his turn, because that is what this second go-round with the Miami Heat is all about.
So he waited as James Jones came off the bench to drain three 3-pointers in the first half of Thursday night's 112-107 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills. And he waited as Rashard Lewis also got a turn off the Heat bench.
And then, after Chris Bosh had finished scoring most of his 28 points, came the call from coach Erik Spoelstra with 4:48 to play in the third quarter.
Beasley 2.0 had arrived.
Did it ever.
The Heat's No. 2 overall pick in the 2008 NBA Draft who had been banished to the Minnesota Timberwolves and then Phoenix Suns the past three seasons, scored nine points over the balance of that third period, including a 3-point play and a driving transition layup. He went to the floor for a loose ball, posted up Charlie Villanueva for a score, and held the offense together while Bosh, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James were on the bench.
Having missed Monday's preseason-opening victory over the visiting Atlanta Hawks with a bruised calf, Beasley spent the bulk of his eight minutes with the likes of Jones, Ray Allen, Jarvis Varnado and Norris Cole. He appeared both anxious and winded at times, closing with those nine points in addition to two rebounds.
Beasley wasn't the only Heat player making his 2013 preseason debut.
Guard Dwyane Wade, who missed Monday's game due to sore legs, closed with eight points, four assists and four rebounds in 21 minutes, 21 seconds.
Also making his preseason debut was backup center Chris Andersen, who appeared winded after missing Monday's victory over the Hawks with a foot issue, closing scoreless with three rebounds in a single 7:51 first-half stint, with Spoelstra later going with Varnado and Justin Hamilton at center.
Bosh again was dominant, following up Monday's 21-point effort by shooting 12 of 16 from the field in his 25 minutes, again converting his lone 3-point attempt of the night.
James, who shot 4 of 11 in Monday's opener, this time was 1 of 4 from the field, but compensated by shooting 7 of 8 from the line to finish with nine points, seven assists and three rebounds in 23 minutes.
James said just getting the burn was beneficial.
"Yeah, I mean when you're out there on the floor, you're playing at a regular-season pace," he said. "Obviously, you're not going to be playing in the 30s, but you're playing at a regular-season pace, so you're able to get the conditioning and your heart rate up, which you really want to do.
"You want to try to get into game shape and you're able to do that in the limited time you're out there."
Heat power forward Udonis Haslem was held out of a second straight game in the wake of an offseason knee procedure and point guard Mario Chalmers did not play because of a sore hip.
"Our emphasis right now has been practice," Spoelstra said. "It's not that we're devaluing games. Our guys have really been giving it in our practice sessions, so we just want to make sure we're not overdoing it."
Next up is Friday's exhibition in Kansas City against the Charlotte Bobcats, a game that is particularly meaningful to Chalmers, who played three seasons at the University of Kansas.
"It's still a homecoming trip for me," he said. "Pretty much everybody from Lawrence comes out to Kansas City to watch the game. It's a big game for me because I get to play in front of my kids. That's the main thing."
It is the fourth time in Chalmers' six seasons the Heat will play an exhibition at the Sprint Center, and the second time alongside Beasley, who starred for one season at Kansas State.
"It's going to bring some K-State people out. It's going to bring some Lawrence people out," Chalmers said."So it's good to bring those two rivals together."
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