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Pistons help Suns stay cool

The Phoenix Suns have lost as many games in the past week as they had all season.

Tayshaun Prince scored a career-high 26 points to lead the Detroit Pistons past slumping Phoenix, 94-80, yesterday in Auburn Hills, Mich., handing the NBA-leading Suns their fourth straight loss.

After opening the season 31-4, Phoenix went 0-4 on its road trip.

"It's time to go home," coach Mike D'Antoni said. "It has been a tough road trip. Obviously, they beat us on the boards; beat us all day; beat us up; beat us in anything you want to talk about."

Prince has averaged 20.3 points in his last three games, about 8 above his average, and made the game-winning shot Saturday against Philadelphia.

Joe Johnson led the Suns with 17 points.

Bulls 88, Knicks 86 -- Ben Gordon scored on a driving 8-footer with one-tenth of a second remaining to give Chicago a victory over host New York, extending the Bulls' winning streak to seven games.

Gordon, who scored 13 of his 17 points in the fourth quarter, went around a screen to free himself of Jamal Crawford, then took two more steps into the lane and launched his winner over the outstretched arm of Michael Sweetney.

Warriors 107, Nuggets 97 -- Jason Richardson did everything in his first game back from injury, scoring a career-high 42 points and matching his career best with 8 assists in the Warriors' win over Denver in Oakland, Calif. Richardson played 39 minutes and shot 17 for 30.

Carmelo Anthony had 24 points and 8 rebounds and Andre Miller added 14 points, 10 rebounds and 9 assists in Denver's seventh loss in eight games.

Kings 89, Clippers 83 -- Chris Webber scored 23 points and Cuttino Mobley hit a clutch 3-pointer with 59.6 seconds left, leading visiting Sacramento over Los Angeles.

Mobley scored 19 points in his second game with Sacramento, following the trade from Orlando. Elton Brand had 24 points and 10 rebounds for Los Angeles.

Spurs 101, Wizards 73 -- Devin Brown scored 24 points, Tony Parker added 23, and host San Antonio shut down Washington's top scorers in snapping the Wizards' seven-game winning streak.

Gilbert Arenas, the team's high scorer at 23.2 points per game, missed all 12 of his shots from the floor and finished with 3 points, while Antawn Jamison (20.3 ppg) scored 6 points on 2-for-8 shooting.

Grizzlies 99, Rockets 80 -- Stromile Swift scored 18 points and Jason Williams added 16 to lead host Memphis to its ninth win in 10 games. Tracy McGrady led the Rockets with 28 points.

Jazz 102, Lakers 94 -- Matt Harpring scored 19 points, Raja Bell had 14 of his 16 points in the fourth quarter and Utah beat host Los Angeles for just its fourth win in 18 games. Caron Butler led the Lakers with 26 points and 6 rebounds.

Nets 85, Hawks 84 -- Jason Kidd scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half as New Jersey ended a four-game losing streak at Atlanta. Vince Carter also scored 23 points for New Jersey.

Raptors 100, Timberwolves 91 -- Donyell Marshall made six 3-pointers and scored 22 points, leading visiting Toronto over Minnesota.

76ers 95, Hornets 91 -- Kenny Thomas had 21 points and 15 rebounds, Allen Iverson scored 29, and host Philadelphia nearly wasted a 25-point lead in the fourth quarter before beating New Orleans.

Bucks 99, Bobcats 92 -- Michael Redd scored 27 points to help Milwaukee break its four-game losing streak with a victory at Charlotte.

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