Suns Lose Heartbreaker in Detroit


Playing their fourth game in five nights, the Suns lost a heartbreaker in Detroit after coming back from 18 down to tie the game with 4.3 seconds left.

Josh Smith's driving, left-handed bank shot with 1.2 seconds left gave the Detroit Pistons a 110-108 win over the Suns on Saturday night.

“We had them stopped and kind of lost the handle and then they hit a three-pointer,” Jeff Hornacek said after the game. “They came out at the start and really handled us. I liked that we fought back but we can’t get down by 18 and think you’re always going to come back and win the game.

“They [the Suns] don’t quit but we’re past that; you can’t just turn it on for 24 minutes and expect to win.”

In a game of runs, the Suns tied the game with a 13-3 run to start the fourth quarter, but Detroit responded with a 7-0 run. P.J. Tucker hit a huge 3-pointer with 51 seconds left capping eight-straight Phoenix points to tie the game.

With 26.8 seconds left, the Pistons’ Josh Smith hit a 3-pointer as the shot clock expired and put Detroit ahead 108-105. Gerald Green was then fouled by Smith with 4.3 seconds left while shooting a 3-pointer.

Green hit all three free throws to tie the game.

Being defended by Channing Frye to near perfection, Josh Smith hit a tough shot driving to the right at the top of the key while switching hands.

Gerald Green’s attempt at a game-winning 3-pointer missed which gave Detroit the win.

The Suns cap off their brutal five-game road trip in New York against the Knicks on Monday.