Sabres edge Red Wings 3-...
Raimo's career night lea...
Highlanders beat Blues 4...
Louisville, Hokies keep ...
Auburn-Florida game give...
Ken Hitchcock on shutout...
Ex-women’s player ...
Curry scores 44, Warrior...
Russian Bobsled Federati...
Clippers try to continue...
Web viewing of NBA games may s...
Hawks sign Flip Murray...
Pistons re-sign Walter Herrman...
Pistons sign Walter Sharpe...
Pistons exercise options on St...
Brand has surgury
Brand, Maggette could opt out
Brand, Maggette could opt out
January 2018
December 2017
November 2017
October 2017
September 2017
August 2017
July 2017
June 2017
May 2017
April 2017
March 2017
February 2017
January 2017
December 2016
November 2016
October 2016
September 2016
August 2016
July 2016
June 2016
May 2016
April 2016
March 2016
February 2016
January 2016
July 2014
August 2013
July 2013
June 2013
May 2013
April 2013
March 2013
February 2013
January 2013
December 2012
November 2012
October 2012
August 2012
July 2012
June 2012
May 2012
April 2012
March 2012
February 2012
January 2012
December 2011
November 2011
October 2011
September 2011
August 2011
July 2011
June 2011
May 2011
April 2011
March 2011
February 2011
January 2011
December 2010
November 2010
October 2010
November 2009
October 2009
September 2009
August 2009
July 2009
June 2009
May 2009
April 2009
March 2009
February 2009
January 2009
December 2008
November 2008
October 2008
September 2008
August 2008
July 2008
June 2008
May 2008
April 2008
March 2008
February 2008
Add to Google
Add to My Yahoo!
Subscribe in NewsGator Online
Add to Windows Live

News » Pistons 116, Suns 86

Pistons 116, Suns 86

Pistons 116, Suns 86
PHOENIX (AP) - Detroit saves its best for the big ones, so the Pistons were more than ready for Shaquille O'Neal.

Rasheed Wallace scored 22 points in 26 minutes to lead six Detroit players in double figures, and the Pistons embarrassed O'Neal and the Phoenix Suns 116-86 Sunday.

Richard Hamilton had 18 points, Chauncey Billups 14 points and 11 assists, and Antonio McDyess 12 points and 13 rebounds. Jarvis Hayes added a season-high 18 as Detroit easily ended the Suns' 11-game winning streak against Eastern Conference foes with a nationally televised blowout.

"This was a big game for us," Billups said. "You know how we are, man, when we play against other elite teams, we lock in. We lock in big-time. I thought everybody played great today - everybody."

Phoenix lost to a team from the East for only the third time in 25 tries this season.

"They get juiced up a little bit," Detroit coach Flip Saunders said of his team's efforts against the other top teams. "I thought we were extremely focused both offensively and defensively."

The Pistons, opening a four-game road trip, built an 18-point halftime lead, then blew open a 36-point advantage in the third quarter, the Suns' biggest deficit of the season.

"It's embarrassing, it's disappointing, it's everything," Suns point guard Steve Nash said. "It's tough, no matter who you play, to lose by 30 points."

Their most one-sided loss of the season left the Suns 1-2 since O'Neal started playing for Phoenix on Wednesday.

"Maybe we used all the adrenaline left these last two games," coach Mike D'Antoni said of the Suns' close loss to the Lakers on Wednesday, followed by a victory over Boston on Friday. "Emotionally, we've been on a high for the last three days and you wake up on Sunday at noon and we're not quite ready to play."

O'Neal, who turns 36 in two weeks, had seven points and 11 rebounds in 34 minutes and was 1-for-8 from the foul line.

"We still have to be realistic about things," he said. "I've only been here about eight days. This is only my third game with the guys, so we still have a lot of figuring out to do. If everyone just sticks with their role, we should be fine."

Amare Stoudemire scored 31 for Phoenix. Leandro Barbosa added 18. Nash was the only other Suns player in double figures with 11 points and just six assists.

Detroit dominated from the start, using a 7-0 spurt to go up 25-14 on Hamilton's 14-footer with 1:20 left in the first quarter. Phoenix shot 29 percent in the first quarter.

Hayes' 10-footer put the Pistons ahead 39-22 with 8:49 left in the half.

The Suns climbed back into it briefly with an 11-2 run to get within 45-39 on Stoudemire's 17-footer with 3:55 left in the half. But with O'Neal back in the Phoenix lineup, Detroit scored the last 12 points of the half to go up 59-41 at the break.

It got much worse for the home team after that. Hamilton's 22-footer capped a 25-6 outburst that buried the Suns 90-54 amid boos from Phoenix's 103rd consecutive sellout home crowd with 56 seconds left in the third.

"The Pistons came out with a lot of energy, more energy than we did," O'Neal said. "And it seemed like they couldn't miss there. ... It was just one of those games. Everyone was flat, including myself."

Saunders said it's understandable that the Suns will struggle trying to adjust following the trade that brought O'Neal from Miami for Shawn Marion and Marcus Banks.

"They had an identity of how they played when they had Shawn," the Pistons coach said. "Their identity is going to adapt. I still they they're going to be a better playoff-type team because of the people they have."

Notes: Phoenix's previous worst loss was 22 points, 108-86 at Utah on Jan. 10. ... The Pistons' most one-sided victory of the season was 114-69 over Milwaukee on Dec. 31. ... Saunders mercifully pulled his starters with 8:27 left and his team leading 102-70. ... The Suns lost to a Central Division team for the first time in nine tries this season.

Author: Fox Sports
Author's Website:
Added: February 25, 2008


Copyright ©, Inc. All rights reserved 2018.