The new Phoenix Suns(1-1) got their first win on Friday night 92-89 in a hard fought match-up against the Detroit Pistons(0-2). The Suns were led by big man Marcin Gortat who recorded 16 points, 16 rebounds and 3 blocks on the night including 4 offensive rebounds.
Much like the Suns season opener against the Warriors, the Suns trailed early on after the bench first entered in the game. The Pistons led the Suns 28-24 after the 1st quarter and the Pistons stretched their lead to 39-28 at the 8:11 mark in the 2nd quarter after Piston’s forward Jonas Jerebko capped off a 3-point play off an Andre Drummond assist.
The Suns would go on to rally from that point on behind Luis Scola who scored 11 points in the 2nd quarter, and he led the Suns on a 22-7 run to close out the 2nd quarter and the Suns had the advantage over the Pistons 54-46 at halftime; Scola also added 9 rebounds in the game.
Goran Dragic had another good all-around game scoring 15 points, and dishing out 10 assists in 34 minutes; Michael Beasley added 16 points and 7 boards. Detroit was led by 2ndyear player Brandon Knight who scored 13 points, dished out 10 assists, and pulled down 5 rebounds.
After the Suns snatched the lead from Detroit they never looked back. The Suns closed out the 4th quarter behind Shannon Brown who scored 10 of his 14 points in the 4th quarter. The Pistons did make a strong run down the stretch cutting the Suns 10 point lead of 87-77 with about 4 minutes left to 92-89 with 3.6 seconds left in regulation after Telfair made 1 of 2 free throws; Brandon Knight missed the game winning three.
Second year player Markieff Morris had a rough night recording only 6 points and 4 rebounds and missed 9 of 12 attempts
from the field. Wesley Johnson who supposedly has a spot in the rotation ahead of swingman P.J Tucker did see action Friday night and Johnson chipped in with 3 points 2 rebounds in 8 minutes of action; Tucker played as well scoring 2 points and grabbing 2 rebounds.
Once again the Suns did a great job on the defensive end holding the Pistons to 41.1% shooting overall on the night including 31% from the 3-point line. The Suns didn’t shoot particularly well themselves however they shot 44% overall but only made 2 3-pointers on the evening. Jared Dudley struggled once again as he was a non-factor most of the night, recording only 2 points on 1 of 4 shooting and missed all 3 3-point attempts.
The Suns will go on the road for their annual road trip to the east coast to take on the new look Orlando Magic Sunday evening and the defending champion Miami Heat on Monday.