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11/03/2012 1:42 AM EDT
Gortat, Suns beat Pistons for 1st win of season
PHOENIX 92, DETROIT 89

By BOB BAUM
AP Sports Writer

PHOENIX (AP) -- The Phoenix Suns have their first victory since
Steve Nash left town.



Marcin Gortat had 16 points, 16 rebounds and three blocked shots
and the Phoenix Suns held off a late Detroit rally to beat the
Pistons 92-89 on Friday night for their first victory of the
young season.



Michael Beasley scored 16 points for the Suns and Goran Dragic
added 15 points and 10 assists. Shannon Brown scored 14 for
Phoenix, 10 in the fourth quarter.



"If you have five, six, seven guys over 10 points, that means
everybody's dangerous for a basket," Dragic said, `and the
defense doesn't know where the shot is going to come from."



Gortat and Brown are among just five players still around after
the team overhauled its roster in the wake of Nash's departure
to the Los Angeles Lakers.



"I thought Goran was great," Suns coach Alvin Gentry said. "Once
again he created a lot of open looks and we basically just have
to be able to knock down the shots. Beasley had his moments. I
thought he played great in certain situations. Marcin did a
great job on the boards."



Tayshaun Prince's 18 points led six Pistons in double figures.
Jason Maxiell added 15 points, all but two in the first quarter,
and Brandon Knight had 13 points and 10 assists.



The Suns didn't trail after scoring the last 12 points of the
first half, six by Beasley, to go up 54-46.



"We just executed," Gortat said. "We opened up the floor, set
the screen, started to roll down and people were open for jump
shots and different moves. We started to learn each other and
what we like to do. That was a good stretch for us."



After halftime, Detroit got no closer than six points until the
final minute but still had a chance to tie it on the last
possession, thanks to a clutch 3-pointer by rookie Kyle Singler.



Beasley's 22-footer put Phoenix up 89-80 with 2:09 left. Knight
hit a 3-pointer and Maxiell made one of two free throws to cut
it to 89-84 with 51.5 seconds remaining. A shot clock violation
gave the ball back to Detroit and Greg Monroe's layup cut the
lead to 89-86 with 21.3 seconds to go. P.J. Tucker's layup
boosted the lead to 91-86 with 13.7 seconds left. Then Singler's
step-back 3-pointer from the top of the key sliced it to 91-89
with 4.2 seconds to go.



The Suns' Sebastian Telfair missed one of two free throws to
give the Pistons a final chance but with Gortat charging toward
him, Knight threw up an air ball at the buzzer.



"The last play you'd like to be able to get a good shot,"
Detroit coach Lawrence Frank said, "but there was a whole lot
more to the game than that last shot."



The Pistons, losers at home to Houston in their season opener on
Wednesday, used a 14-4 run to go up 39-28 on Jonas Jerebko's
three-point play with 8:11 left in the second quarter. Then Luis
Scola scored seven points in an 11-2 spurt that cut Detroit's
lead to 41-39.



Prince and Dragic traded 3-pointers, then Monroe's inside basket
put the Pistons up 46-42 with 3 1-2 minutes left in the first
half.



Scola made two 15-footers to start the Suns' run. Beasley drew
his third foul with 2:02 left, but Monroe missed the two free
throws. Coach Alvin Gentry kept Beasley in the game and he
scored the next six points. Dragic's two free throws with 4.9
seconds left punctuated the surge that put Phoenix up by eight.



"We got off to a great start but we didn't close that second
quarter off and from seven minutes on we just didn't play well
at all," Prince said.



Notes: The Suns went to a zone defense midway through the second
quarter and used it occasionally. ... Wes Johnson, who didn't
play in the season opener, made a 3-pointer with his first shot
for Phoenix. ... Detroit opened its longest trip of the season,
six games, with the next stop Sunday to face the Lakers in Los
Angeles. .... Phoenix has beaten Detroit seven of the last eight
times they have played. .... The Suns, who played their first
two games at home, are on the road for their next three,
starting Sunday at Orlando.

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