NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Phoenix
(Thursday, November 10th)
Final Score: Detroit 111, Phoenix 104
Phoenix, AZ (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton scored 12 of his 18 points in the fourth quarter to lead the Detroit Pistons over the Phoenix Suns, 111-104, at America West Arena.
Hamilton hit the game-tying basket and go-head jumper for the Pistons, who are the only undefeated team in the league (5-0) and continue their best start to a season since beginning the 1988-89 campaign 8-0.
Chauncey Billups, who hit a three-pointer to put the nail in the coffin, had a season-high 27 points and 11 assists for Detroit, which wraps up a three-game road trip on Friday in Portland.
Tayshaun Prince also had 18 points, Rasheed Wallace tallied 16 points and seven boards and Ben Wallace had 15 points and 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who have scored over 100 points in four of their five games this season and allowed over 88 points for the first time this year.
Leandro Barbosa had 21 points off the bench to lead the Suns, who have dropped two in a row. Steve Nash had 18 points and eight assists for Phoenix, which lost to the Pistons for the sixth time in eight meetings.
Detroit entered the fourth quarter down 82-74, but opened the stanza with a 7-2 run to draw within 84-81 on a Carlos Arroyo free throw with just under two minutes elapsed.
Phoenix responded by extended its lead to six points, 100-94 on a Kurt Thomas bucket with 4:57 left.
However, Detroit answered with a 17-4 run that ended the game and gave the team the lead in the final seconds. Hamilton started the burst with a three- pointer with 4:32 remaining. Later, his long jumper coming with 1:39 left tied the game at 104-104.
Then, following a Rasheed Wallace steal, Hamilton drained another jumper off a screen to give the Pistons the lead for good, 106-104.
Thomas then lost the ball to Prince with 39 seconds left in the low block and Billups put the game out of reach with a three-pointer with 16 seconds on the clock.
Phoenix lost the ball coming out of timeout and a Ben Wallace dunk ended the run and the game's scoring.
"We just knuckled down," said Hamilton of the fourth quarter. "We still felt we had an opportunity to win. Our bench did a great job of keeping us in the game. When we came in the game in the fourth quarter, we just wanted to execute every time down the floor and we did that."
Thomas ended with 10 points and nine rebounds.
"We didn't have good defense in the fourth quarter," said Barbosa. "They played well and won the game. We just need to get better on defense and we're going to get these games."
Detroit led after one quarter 30-25, but Phoenix rallied to tie the game at 50-50 heading into halftime.
In the third, with the game tied at 54-54, the Suns went on a 12-2 run to take the lead. Shawn Marion started the burst with a bucket at the 11:22 mark and Raja Bell, who had five points during the run, ended it three minutes later for a 66-56 lead.
Bell finished with 14 points and Marion had 12 points and 10 rebounds.
James Jones had 11 points and Boris Diaw-Riffiod had 10 points and six assists for the Suns...The Pistons got only 16 points off their bench compared to 40 for the Suns...Detroit is 3-0 on the road this season...Phoenix fell to 0-3 at home for the first time since the 1996-97 season.
11/11 01:57:51 ET