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Gortat, Suns beat Pistons for 1st win of season

Associated Press Modified: November 3, 2012 at 12:46 am •  Published: November 3, 2012

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.