Nash, Stoudemire score at will to punish Pistons
Published: Monday, January 1, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Monday, January 1, 2007 at 12:00 a.m.
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Steve Nash had 35 points and 12 assists and Amare Stoudemire added a season-high 31 points and 13 rebounds to lead Phoenix to a 108-101 victory over Detroit on Sunday.
Nash took advantage of point guard Chauncey Billups' absence to help hand Detroit its third straight loss. Billups is expected to miss two weeks after straining a calf muscle at the end of Friday's one-point loss to Indiana.
After the Pistons erased a 10-point deficit in the fourth quarter, Nash hit consecutive jumpers to put Phoenix back ahead 95-91 with 4:10 to play.
The Pistons got within 101-99 on Carlos Delfino's layup with 1:39 left, but he missed a potential go-ahead 3-pointer on the next possession, and Nash's three-point play put the game away.
Richard Hamilton scored 31 points for Detroit and Flip Murray, getting more minutes in place of Billups, set season highs of 18 points and seven assists.
SPURS 95, HAWKS 81
Tony Parker scored 27 points and Tim Duncan added 17 despite playing with the stomach flu that has pestered the San Antonio roster the past week. It was Parker's third straight game scoring more than 20 points and fourth of five.
Manu Ginobili, who missed a game this week because of stomach flu, scored 18 for San Antonio, which opened the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run that gave it a 77-61 lead.
CLIPPERS 90, KNICKS 80
Elton Brand scored 32 points and tied his career high with eight blocked shots to lead Los Angeles.
ROCKETS 111, GRIZZLIES 109
Tracy McGrady scored a season-high 38 points and had nine rebounds to help Houston hand Memphis interim coach Tony Barone his first loss.
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