MIAMI — The minutes ticked away in the third quarter Wednesday night. Two minutes passed. Four minutes passed. Finally, the Pistons scored, at the 5:27 mark on two Blake Griffin free throws. The Pistons (34-33) managed just eight points in the third quarter in a 108-74 loss to the Miami Heat at American Airlines Arena, a season-low for points in a quarter. The Heat (32-35) used a 21-0 run to open the second half to move to within two games of the Pistons for seventh in the Eastern Conference playoff chase. The Pistons were blown out for the second time on the two-game trip with playoff implications, but the night wasn’t a total loss for playoff hopes; No. 6 Brooklyn and No. 9 Orlando both lost. But the Heat were able to split the four games with the Pistons this season. The next playoff tiebreaker is conference record, in which the Pistons hold the edge. But the most worrisome development came late in a game already decided. Reggie Jackson stepped on Zaza Pachulia’s foot and appeared to reinjure the right ankle that forced him to miss 37 games last year . He was able to limp off the floor, but could barely stand. He was helped to the locker room. Just like in Monday night’s 28-point loss at Brooklyn, the Pistons were stymied by a zone defense. Six Heat players scored in double figures, led by Justise Winslow’s 16 points. Two nights after scoring 19 points in the first quarter of a 28-point loss at Brooklyn, the Pistons shot 32 percent in scoring 18 points in the first against the Heat, who took a 30-18 lead after shooting 66.7 percent. The Pistons have trailed by double figures in six of their last eight games. The Pistons' defense improved significantly in the second quarter, holding the Heat to 33.3 percent shooting. The Pistons made four 3-pointers, with Griffin’s 3-pointer with 1.7 seconds left cutting the deficit to 54-49. With the Pistons facing Dwyane Wade for likely the final time — Wade has announced that he will retire after 16 seasons — Pistons head coach Dwane Casey was asked to look back at the future Hall of Famer’s career. He recalled Wade’s predraft visit with the Seattle Supersonics in 2003. Casey was an assistant coach and was blown away, thoughts he shared with general manager Rick Sund. The Sonics administered a test for prospects and Wade aced it. “I told Rick Sund at the time this is the most intelligent, mature young man that we brought in,” Casey said. “He nailed every situation in a mature way — almost like a coach. “For a young man coming out of college, out of Marquette, at that age, to do that, was very impressive and he’s done nothing less than that throughout his career.” The Heat would select Wade with the fifth pick in an all-time great draft that produced LeBron James going No. 1 to the Cavaliers. The Pistons drafted Darko Milicic at No. 2; it's considered one of the worst draft-day blunders in NBA history considering Wade, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh were available. “He’s one of the true greats in our league,” Casey said of Wade. Follow Vince Ellis on Twitter @vincent_ellis56 . Read more on the Detroit Pistons and sign up for our Pistons newsletter .