PHOENIX – The Phoenix Suns used a 24-11 run late to send the Detroit Pistons to a 107-100 loss to keep them winless on the road this season.
Suns point guard Eric Bledsoe scored 10 of his 19 points in the fourth quarter and his floater with 20.5 seconds left gave the Suns a 103-96 lead and sent Talking Stick Resort Arena into celebration mode Wednesday evening. The Pistons had led 89-83 with 8:40 left.
Bledsoe added 11 rebounds and eight assists. Jared Dudley scored 19 points for the Suns (3-6) off the bench. Center Alex Len added 16 points and 14 rebounds.
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope led the Pistons (4-4) with 27 points, but he missed a three-pointer with 1:10 left that would have cut the Suns lead to two.
Andre Drummond added 18 points and 14 rebounds, but the Pistons face the prospect of a winless trip after losses at the L.A. Clippers and Phoenix. The trip concludes with a back-to-back later this week against the San Antonio Spurs and the altitude challenge of the Denver Nuggets.
The Pistons allowed the Suns to make five of their first six shots, but were able to hold them without a field goal for the last seven minutes of the first quarter.
Ex-Sun Marcus Morris, who was booed lustily during pregame introductions, scored six points in the first quarter.
Caldwell-Pope, who was 0-for-6 in Monday night’s blowout loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, added nine points, as the Pistons took a 28-19 lead after the opening quarter.
Dudley erupted for 15 points on three three-pointers in the second quarter to propel the Suns into a 54-51 halftime lead.
The Pistons were 5-for-23 from the field in the quarter.
The Suns took a nine-point lead in the third quarter, but Caldwell-Pope’s three-pointer at the quarter buzzer cut the deficit to five at 81-76 going into the final quarter.
Note: The Suns were without starting center Tyson Chandler, who was away after the death of his mother.