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Dragic's Suns continue swing against Pistons
(Sports Network) - Goran Dragic had big shoes to fill when Steve Nash departed the desert for possible greener pastures in Los Angeles. Dragic hasn't disappointed running the point for the Phoenix Suns, who will resume a season- long, six-city road trip Wednesday against the Detroit Pistons.
Dragic is the only Suns player to score in double figures in every game and is just one of three players (Chris Paul, Brandon Jennings) to average better than 16.0 points, 7.0 assists and 2.00 steals. He had a team-high 19 points in Tuesday's 91-78 victory at Cleveland, helping the Suns rebound from a close loss in Philadelphia two days before.
Michael Beasley scored 15 points and Luis Scola netted 14 for Phoenix, which has won three of four games and improved to 2-5 as the visitor. The Suns allowed a season-low 78 points, improving to 70-1 all-time when holding the opposition under 80 points.
Phoenix also held the Cavs to an opponent season-low 35.7 percent shooting and led by as many as 21 points. The Suns outscored the Cavs 42-28 in the paint and 22-10 on the fastbreak.
"I thought we did a good job of moving the basketball, and I thought we did a great job of finding the mismatches," Suns head coach Alvin Gentry said. "We did an excellent job when they decided to double the basketball of swinging it to the weak side, and Goran knocked down a couple of big ones for us."
Gentry's club still has to make stops in Toronto, New York and Memphis. It is trying to win consecutive road games for the first time since last April 3-4.
In five of seven road games in 2012-13, Beasley has scored in double digits.
Detroit has alternated wins and losses over the previous eight games, and handed Portland a 108-101 loss Monday. Brandon Knight scored a season-best 26 points to lead seven different players in double figures and Greg Monroe posted 20 points and 10 rebounds.
Kyle Singler had 16 points and 10 boards for the Pistons, winners of three straight at home. The Pistons shot 52.5 percent from the floor and made 9- of-15 3-pointers. Knight and Singler each had three.
"I thought we started off well ... and sustained it for four quarters," Singler said after his first career double-double. "Multiple guys played great. It was good to see."
Singler is averaging 16.0 points and 6.5 rebounds in his last two games.
The Pistons' fourth win of the season snapped a 12-game losing streak to Western Conference teams dating back to last season. Monroe has posted at least 20 points and 10 boards in four games this season, and is one of the league leaders with eight double-doubles.
Detroit will visit Memphis and Dallas later this week and suffered a 92-89 loss at Phoenix on Nov. 2. The Suns have won seven of eight against the Pistons.
11/28 10:57:07 ET