The Pistons put themselves in the position to take a game in Phoenix, but eerily like their game in Utah, Detroit couldn’t hold things together in the final minutes of the ball game.  With about four minutes to go in the ball game  Jared Dudley made a layup to put the Suns up 97-95 and they never looked back.

The final score 101-109.

Key Points:

  • It was tied at 95 with four minutes left, but the Suns outscored the Pistons 14-6 down the stretch.
  • Yes, that score in the box is correct, Ben Wallace with 10 points on 5-for-5 shooting.

Ben Wallace: “I mean coming down the stretch they made plays. They made enough plays to win the game and we didn’t. We were in the game and had a chance to win it but that’s all you can ask; is for us to fight and give ourselves a chance. Give Phoenix credit, they made plays when they counted the most.”

  • The Pistons clearly have a rough time on the road.  Detroit is now 3-17 away from the Palace.
  • Brandon Knight with 17 points, 10 of them in the first quarter, seems to be working well alongside Rodney. Brandon added 6 assists and a blocked shot in 37 minutes on the floor for Detroit.
  • Rodney Stuckey continues to lead this team in scoring, putting up 23 points on 7-for-13 shooting with 8 assists, 3 boards and a steal in 37 minutes on the floor. Is Stuckey’s bandwagon getting full?
Rodney Stuckey Pistons vs. The Suns

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  • The Suns had to rest Nash and Hill the game before they played Detroit.  Hill put up 14, while Nash had five with a ridiculous 17 assists.
  • The Suns bench scored 36, while Detroit’s put up 29.
  • Maxiell, who scored 12 with four boards in 25 minutes in the ball game is usually good for one of these highlights every game this season.

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  • Ben Gordon took a 3 shots and scored 6 points.  It’s obvious that whatever role Ben Gordon accepted when he came to this team clearly hasn’t panned out.  His bank account however is just fine with it.
  • You have to keep a bad rebounding Suns team off the glass and the Pistons didn’t do that. The Suns out rebounded Detroit 40-32.
  • DNP = Daye, Villanueva, Bynum, and Russell.

Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Not cool – Phoenix outscored the Pistons 22-12 in second-chance points.
  • Greg Monroe with just 8 points 9 boards, and 2 blocked shots with 5 turnovers on the night.
  • Six Pistons in double figures.
  • Next up the Clippers Sunday in LA.
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4 Responses to The Suns are too much for The Pistons

  1. junior says:

    stuckeys bandwagons not quite full yet nat. edt drew and me can scoot a bit closer n make some room for u. u cant sprawl out like u can on the bg wagon, but u can sit close to some friends! lol. im glad stucks performing how i knew he could, i was really getting tired of defending him every game. give me ur hand nat ill help ya up here.

  2. junior says:

    @Keith_Langlois
    Keith Langlois Impressive D-League debut for @vernon_macklin 18 points, 18 boards, 4 blocks, 3 assists for Fort Wayne Mad Ants
    Mar 16
    go macklin tear it up man, get back here we need a young center to backup monroe next year. ben wallace is on his way out.

  3. MrRockinWTB says:

    If Stuck doesn’t get Most Improved Player it will be highway robbery!

  4. Drew says:

    I was there in person for the game in Phoenix again. I was really impressed by our play but can’t figure out how Detroit gave away the game. I can’t really blame the refs, but maybe I can blame a few lucky shots from the Suns — Frye and Brown. Suns always seem to do that.

    Stuckey and Knight were awesome in the first half, but I was disappointed with Stuckey’s play in the second half. He seemed to lack the intensity needed to win. His shooting’s come a long way though; I saw him drain almost every shot while warming up, even 3s. He made a really tough 3 in the first half where it looked like he got fouled too.

    I’m a little worried how Monroe doesn’t always get crunch time minutes. Ben scored 10, but shouldn’t we throw Moose in the fire? Anyway, I sat in the nosebleeds but still had fun. It just could have been more fun…

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