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Suns Secure First Win of Young Season
By: Stefan Swiat, Suns.com
It was a back-and-forth affair throughout the night, but thanks to it becoming an international affair, the Suns captured a 92-89 home victory over the visiting Pistons on Friday.
The Suns three-pronged attack of foreign-born starters Goran Dragic, Luis Scola and Marcin Gortat keyed a second-quarter comeback that allowed the Suns to regain control of the contest before holding on for their first win of the season.
Trailing by as many as 11 in the period, the Suns used a 15-5 run over the last 4:16 of the half to move ahead by eight heading into the break. The rally was powered by Scola, who totaled 11 of his 13 points in the period.
The Suns poured in 30 points in the second, tallying their first 30-point quarter of the season. After Phoenix pulled ahead, it would never trail again on the night.
“When you do the little things, everything else falls into place,” Scola said. “You take a charge, you get a deflection, you get the rebounds and everything falls into place. When you don’t do those little things, that’s when they get the 50-50 balls, the offensive rebounds and the calls."
Then he went on to say, “There’s a lot of karma in the game, and when you don’t do all the little things, karma comes your way.”
After giving up 50-percent shooting in the first period, the Suns tightened up, forcing Detroit to shoot 41-percent on the night. But the main difference came on the boards, where Phoenix outrebounded the Pistons by 13.
Gortat posted 16 points, 16 rebounds and three blocks, while Dragic racked up 15 points and 10 assists. American-born swingman Michael Beasley got into the action by contributing 16, as well.
“Sometimes, somebody is going to score 25-30 points,” Scola said. “But most of the time it’s going to be like this. A lot of guys are going to score above 10.”
Although the “Foreign Legion” carried the club throughout the night, the knockout punch was provided by reserve guard Shannon Brown, who scored 10 of his 14 points in the closing period.
“In the second half it opened up a little bit,” Brown said. “I took advantage of what they were giving me and I caught them sleeping a little bit.”
Phoenix has now won six of seven against the Pistons and its fifth straight overall. The team tips off a three-game road trip in Orlando on Sunday.
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