Perfect Pistons visit Suns
(Sports Network) – The Detroit Pistons attempt to remain undefeated under new
head coach Flip Saunders, as they continue their three-game road trip tonight
against the Phoenix Suns at America West Arena.
Tayshaun Prince scored 25 points on 10-of-13 shooting and Richard Hamilton
added 21, as Detroit spoiled Sacramento’s home opener with a 102-88 victory on
Tuesday at ARCO Arena.
Chauncey Billups finished with 16 points and eight assists, while All-Star Ben
Wallace pulled down 14 rebounds as the Pistons moved to 4-0 on the young
season in a building where they have enjoyed little success in recent years.
Detroit had lost eight straight and nine of its last 10 at ARCO Arena. The
last time the Pistons defeated the Kings on the road was on February 26, 1996.
The Pistons have not won five straight games to start a season since the
1988-89 campaign, when they won their first eight games. Detroit won the title
that season, as it swept the Lakers in the NBA Finals.
Detroit will closeout its road trip on Friday against the Portland Trail
Blazers at the Rose Garden.
Phoenix will try and get back on the winning track tonight. On Sunday, Shareef
Abdur-Rahim scored 23 points and made two free throws with 13.3 seconds
remaining to lift Sacramento to a wild 118-117 victory over the Suns at
America West Arena.
Leandro Barbosa scored 12 of his team-best 23 points in the fourth quarter to
help the Suns rally from a 13-point deficit with nine minutes left to play
against Sacramento. His three-pointer with 21.5 seconds left gave Phoenix a
On the ensuing possession, Abdur-Rahim grabbed the rebound of his own miss and
was fouled by Kurt Thomas. He calmly sank both bonus attempts to put
Sacramento back in front. The Suns had two chances to win the game, but came
up short. Boris Diaw’s reverse layup attempt was blocked out of bounds by
Sacramento’s Mike Bibby with 0.7 seconds left and Phoenix’ Brian Grant missed
a jumper at the buzzer.
Reigning MVP Steve Nash had 18 points and 13 assists in Sunday’s loss, while
Diaw just missed recording a triple-double with 11 points, 11 assists and nine
rebounds for Phoenix, which had won two in a row after a season-opening loss
The Suns are playing the second of a five-game homestand. They will also host
the Golden State Warriors, Memphis Grizzlies and the Utah Jazz on the current
The road team has won eight of the last 11 meetings in this series. Detroit
has won five of its last seven at Phoenix.