|Phoenix Suns' Marcin Gortat (4), of Poland, gets past Detroit Pistons' Tayshaun Prince, right, to score in the first quarter of an NBA basketball game Friday, March 16, 2012, in Phoenix. (AP Photo/Ross D. Franklin)|
Dudley, Frye lead Suns to 109-101 win over Pistons
Marcin Gortat added 16 points to help the Suns win their second straight game and improve to 8-2 since the All-Star break.
Rodney Stuckey scored 23 points to lead the Pistons, who lost for the second time in their last six games.
Phoenix trailed 80-79 to start the fourth quarter before Robin Lopez made a pair of free throws and dropped in a hook from the left base line to give the Suns an 83-80 lead. The lead changed hands five times in the fourth, but the Suns held Detroit to two points in the final 1:41 to hold on.
After the Pistons tied the game at 95, Dudley scored on a putback and Frye buried a 3-pointer to give Phoenix a 100-97 lead.
Stuckey scored 17 of his points in the opening half and Brandon Knight added 14 to help Detroit take a 59-54 lead at the break.
The Suns took a 17-11 lead midway through the opening period before the Pistons broke off a 13-3 run in the second. Stuckey hit two free throws with just over 7 minutes remaining before intermission to give Detroit its first lead, 40-38.
Dudley converted a three-point play to tie it at 46 with just under 5 minutes left in the half, but the Pistons held the lead the rest of the way. Jonas Kerebko and Knight each hit a 3-pointer in closing minutes of the second quarter to keep Detroit ahead.
The Suns came out stronger in the second half. After Grant Hill hit two jumpers and buried a 3-pointer with 4 minutes left in the third period, the Suns tied it at 70.
NOTES: After missing the last game, Hill and Steve Nash returned the Phoenix lineup. ... The Suns won a season-high three straight for the second time this season.