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The Suns led 81-67 after three, then Detroit scored the first five points on the fourth quarter to cut it to 81-72 when Will Bynum stole the ball from Nash for a layup with 10:26 to play. After a timeout, Nash sank a 20-footer, and Detroit never cut it to single digits again.
Diaw sank a 3-pointer, then made an inside hook, and Stoudemire scored on a drive, then followed with a dunk on a three-point play, putting Phoenix ahead 93-75 with 7:43 remaining.
Phoenix was without forward Matt Barnes and guard Leandro Barbosa for the second game in a row. Barnes completed a two-game suspension for his part in the fracas with the Rockets. Barbosa has returned to Brazil following the death of his mother.
Notes: Discounting O'Neal's three misses, the Suns were 13-for-14 in the first quarter. ... O'Neal was fined $35,000 for his role in the brush up with the Rockets on Wednesday. ... Detroit won its previous two games in Phoenix by an average of 26 points. ... Porter was an assistant for the Pistons the past two seasons.
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