Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 11/3/12
PHOENIX – Marcin Gortat scored 16 points and grabbed 16 rebounds while Shannon Brown added 10 of his 14 points in the second half as the Phoenix Suns overcame an early 11-point deficit to beat the Detroit Pistons 92-89 Friday night. Michael Beasley rebounded from a dismal Suns debut to score 16 points and seven rebounds, and Goran Dragic added 15 points and 10 assists, including a pretty three-quarter court pass to PJ Tucker for a layup with 13 seconds left to give Phoenix a 91-86 lead. Rookie Kyle Singler hit a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left to pull the Pistons to within 91-89 and Phoenix's Sebastian Telfair hit only one of two free throws with 3.6 left to give Detroit one last shot. But Brandon Knight 3-point attempt for the tie was off the mark and the Suns salvaged a split on their season-opening, two-game homestand. Luis Scola had all 13 of his points in the first half to help the Suns overcome a 39-28 second-quarter hole, 11 of them in the second quarter when Phoenix outscored the Pistons 26-7 over the final eight minutes to take the lead for good. Tayshaun Prince had 18 points to lead the Pistons, who lost at home to Houston on Wednesday and didn't fare any better on the first stop of a six-game road trip that includes visits to the Los Angeles Lakers, Denver and Oklahoma City. Much like Wednesday's season-opening loss to Golden State, the Suns spotted the opposition an early double-digit lead on their home floor only to come back at the end of the first half. And once again, Scola led the way. Detroit led 28-24 after a see-saw first quarter but opened the second with an 11-4 run. Jonas Jerebko followed an Andre Drummond dunk with a three-point play to give the Pistons, who controlled play inside and capitalized for easy baskets, a 39-28 with 8:11 left in the half. But the Suns, who again looked disorganized and disinterested on both ends, came to life behind Scola. He followed a Shannon Brown jumper with one of his own and then a 3-point play before capping an 11-2 run with a four-footer to pull Phoenix within two at 41-39. Then Beasley, who had a dismal 2-for-9 shooting debut against the Warriors, took over for Scola, scoring six of his 10 first-half points during a 12-0 Phoenix run to end the half. The Suns finished with four starters in double figures in the first 24 minutes, with Dragic's two free throws with 4.9 seconds left giving them a 54-46 halftime edge. NOTES: Tucker's 10-point Suns debut against Golden State on Wednesday was his second career double-digit NBA game. The first was on Dec. 19, 2006 -- a span of 2,143 days -- when he hit put up 12 points for Toronto at Phoenix. ... The Pistons came into the game averaging only 88.4 points in their last seven games against the Suns, going 1-6 over that span. ... Detroit's Corey Maggette (left calf strain) missed his second game in three nights. ... Scola had 15 points and 10 rebounds in his Phoenix debut, the first Sun to manage those levels in his first game since Tom Gugliotta in 1999. ... The Pistons were 7-26 on the road last season and since the start of the 2009-10 season have a .226 winning percentage away from The Palace of Auburn Hills.
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