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12.08.2006

Detroit Pistons barely beat Orlando Magic

Talented Pistons player Chauncey Billups scored a season-high 31 points on 11-of-16 shooting, leading the visiting Detroit team to an 87-83 win over the Orlando Magic last night in a matchup of the top teams in the Eastern Conference.

What's more, Richard Hamilton hit baseline jumpers on consecutive possessions in the last minute and a half to give Detroit an 86-82 lead. In fact, the Magic made four costly fourth-quarter turnovers that led to 6 Detroit points to let the game slip away late.

We must say that it was the Pistons’ second impressive road victory in two nights, after a 92-82 victory at Dallas on Thursday night. And Orlando has lost two in a row.

Maybe we should remember that Dwight Howard, celebrating his 21st birthday, had 25 points and 10 rebounds for Orlando.

Anyway, Hamilton finished with 14 points and a season-high 10 rebounds. It was a really interesting match.

Suns beat Nets in extremely amazing game

In the best game of the season, the Phoenix Suns defeated the New Jersey Nets, 161-157, Thursday night at East Rutherford, New Jersey.

In a full-of-emotion match, Steve Nash scored nine of his career-high 42 points in the second overtime. Boris Diaw made a go-ahead shot in the lane with 14 seconds left to lead the Suns to their eighth straight victory in the game that matched the NBA's fourth-highest points total. The Nets set a team record for points in a game.

In fact, Nets point guard Jason Kidd also tied Wilt Chamberlain for third place with 78 career triple-doubles. Kidd finished with 38 points, 14 rebounds and 14 assists, but the point guard dribbled the ball off his foot with 10 seconds left, costing the Nets an opportunity to tie.

"It was a really crazy game," said Nash, who also had 13 assists. "They decided to run with us tonight. … We were lucky to come out on top."

In fact, the Suns dodged two bullets. Nash had to make a remarkable three-point shot at the end of regulation to force the overtime and then Kidd had a shot at the end of the first overtime rim out.

As for the Nets, Vince Carter had 31 points before fouling out with 4.8 seconds left in regulation with the Nets ahead by three. He committed the foul thinking he only had four and that the foul would prevent Phoenix from trying a game-tying three-pointer.