Gortat, Suns beat Pistons for 1st win of season
- Article by: BOB BAUM
- Associated Press
- November 3, 2012 - 12:06 AM
PHOENIX - Marcin Gortat had 16 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots and the Phoenix Suns held off a late Detroit rally to beat the Pistons 92-89 on Friday night for their first victory of the young season.
Michael Beasley scored 16 points for the Suns and Goran Dragic added 15 points and 10 assists. Shannon Brown scored 14 for Phoenix, 10 in the fourth quarter.
Tayshaun Prince's 18 points led six Pistons in double figures. Jason Maxiell added 15 points, all but two in the first quarter, and Brandon Knight had 13 points and 10 assists.
The Suns didn't trail after scoring the last 12 points of the first half, six by Beasley, to go up 54-46. Detroit got no closer than six points until the final minute but still had a chance to tie it on the last possession, thanks to a clutch 3-pointer by rookie Kyle Singler.
Beasley's 22-footer put Phoenix up 89-80 with 2:09 left. Knight hit a 3-pointer and Maxiell made one of two free throws to cut it to 89-84 with 51.5 seconds remaining. A shot clock violation gave the ball back to Detroit and Greg Monroe's layup cut the lead to 89-86 with 21.3 seconds to go. P.J. Tucker's layup boosted the lead to 91-86 with 13.7 seconds left. Then Singler's step-back 3-pointer from the top of the key sliced it to 91-89 with 4.2 seconds to go.
The Suns' Sebastian Telfair missed one of two free throws to give the Pistons a final chance but with Gortat charging toward him, Knight threw up an air ball at the buzzer.
The Pistons, losers at home to Houston in their season opener on Wednesday, used a 14-4 run to go up 39-28 on Jonas Jerebko's three-point play with 8:11 left in the second quarter. Then Luis Scola scored seven points in an 11-2 spurt that cut Detroit's lead to 41-39.
Prince and Dragic traded 3-pointers, then Monroe's inside basket put the Pistons up 46-42 with 3 1-2 minutes left in the first half.
Scola made two 15-footers to start the Suns' run. Beasley drew his third foul with 2:02 left, but Monroe missed the two free throws. Coach Alvin Gentry kept Beasley in the game and he scored the next six points. Dragic's two free throws with 4.9 seconds left punctuated the surge that put Phoenix up by eight.
Notes: The Suns went to a zone defense midway through the second quarter and used it occasionally. ... Wes Johnson, who didn't play in the season opener, made a 3-pointer with his first shot for Phoenix. ... Detroit opened its longest trip of the season, six games, with the next stop Sunday to face the Lakers in Los Angeles. .... Phoenix has beaten Detroit seven of the last eight times they have played. .... The Suns, who played their first two games at home, are on the road for their next three, starting Sunday at Orlando.
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