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Phoenix Suns' P.J. Tucker (17) hugs Goran Dragic, of Slovenia, as teammate Marcin Gortat, right, of Poland arrives for a high-five in the second half during an NBA basketball game against the Detroit Pistons Friday, Nov. 2, 2012, in Phoenix. The Suns defeated the Pistons 92-89. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)

Sure, you could read the box score and know who won, but we all know that won't tell you everything that happened in a basketball game. So, we will give you Suns Strokes providing you with the analysis, quotes and notes from the Suns' win against the Detroit Pistons on November 2. Final Score: Suns 92, Pistons 89

The Story:

The Phoenix Suns held off the Pistons to pull out a 92-89 win to improve to 1-1.

At the half Michael Beasley, Luis Scola, Marcin Gortat and Goran Dragic combined for 43 of the Suns' 54 points on 17-32 shooting.

The Good:

Phoenix closed the second quarter on a 26-7 run to take a 54-46 lead going into the locker room.

Shannon Brown salvaged an otherwise poor night from the bench with a 5-9 second half with 10 points, he had 14 points on the night.

The Bad:

For the second straight game the Suns fell behind by double digits. It was only 11 points in the second quarter Friday compared to 17 in Wednesday's game against the Warriors.


For just the third time in the 45-year history of the Suns organization, Phoenix opened a season by holding each of its first two opponents to fewer than 90 points.

Phoenix allowed 10 offensive rebounds Friday compared to 17 against the Warriors.

Up Next:

The Suns travel to Orlando to take on the Magic on Sunday at 4:00 p.m.

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