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>>caption: GRANT HILL (R) DRIVES
AROUND BEN GORDON (L)<<
@ PHOENIX, AZ:
Six Suns scored in double figures
and Phoenix had an easy time defeating
Detroit 117-91 Sunday night.
The Pistons concluded an 0-4 far west
road trip and their losing streak was
extended to five games and they fell to 5-9.
The Suns went on a 12-0 run to end the 2nd-Qtr for a 58-42 halftime margin.
Phoenix was not seriously threatened anytime after intermission and led by as
many as 22-P in the 3rd-Qtr.
The Suns shot 58% from the field and were 11-of-18 from beyond the 3-point
arc. Phoenix stayed perfect on home court at 5-0 and tied both Atlanta and Orlando
for the NBA's best record at 11-3.
Amare Stoudemire scored a game-high 21-P, his fourth consecutive 20 or more
point game, to lead the Phoenix offense. Steve Nash added 20-P on 7-of-8 shooting plus
a game-high 9-A, even though he sat out the 4th-Qtr to watch the rest of the rout.
Former Michigan State Spartan Jason Richardson had 17-P. Goran Dragic scored 13-P
and Channing Frye & Leandro Barbosa had 10-P each. Onetime Piston Grant Hill
posted 8-P and tied teammate Louis Amundson (4-P) for a game-high 8-RB.
Charlie Villanueva and reserve DaJuan Summers each topped Detroit with 13-P.
Ben Gordon and Ben Wallace both had 10-P. Summers and Wallace each scored
season-highs. (Little used Summers had scored only 11-P all season until nearly
matching that total Sunday.) Rookie Jonas Jerebko came within a point of his
career-high with 9-P.
PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER: "There’s no excuses in this league...You’ve
got to be ready to go. Everybody keeps talking about the last game of the road trip.
I think our frame of mind going into it was right. Sometimes you’ve got to lie to your
body and just say `Hey, you’ve got to go. Unfortunately, tonight we didn’t have the
juice that we’ve had."
PISTONS GD BEN GORDON: "This is probably the most up-tempo team in the league.
We knew that coming in. It’s tough on any given night to play against them, but the
last game of a road trip—especially after back-to-backs—it’s not going to be easy."
SUNS FWD AMARE STOUDEMIRE: "That’s great. That’s phenomenal, that you can
play hard for three quarters and sit out the fourth quarter...It’s great when the
second unit comes out there and plays as well as they did and actually extended the
SUNS FWD GRANT HILL: "We did what we had to do. It wasn’t anything exciting.
It was just take care of business and follow the game plan and we got the win."
The Suns are the only NBA team to score at least 100-P in every one of their
games this season.
Dating back to last season the Phoenix home court winning streak is now at 14.
Piston starters Rip Hamilton (ankle) and Tayshaun Prince (back) remain out
injured. Hamilton has played in only one game and Prince in just three of Detroit's
14 contests this season.
Detroit plays seven of its next nine at home including Wednesday night's next
Piston game vs Cleveland which starts a 3-game Palace homestand.
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