You're kidding, right? The Phoenix Suns' game Thursday night against the Hornets in New Orleans was supposed to be a gimme. Before the game, fans and local sports talk radio hosts had already chalked up win number 11 for the Suns. "The Suns' second team alone could beat the Hornets," they said. "The Suns are almost guaranteed to come home from this road trip 11-2," they said. "This was a nice gift from the schedule-maker," they said.
It almost looked as though the Suns were going to put this one away early in the third quarter, too. They opened the second half with a 16-5 surge to give them an eight-point lead, 65-57. But the hero for the Hornets, veteran Peja Stojakovic, carried his team in the second half, hitting several huge three-pointers. In all, Stojakovic hit seven three-pointers, pulled down 13 rebounds, and scored 25 points to lead all scorers.
Next up: Detroit, who are not your daddy's Pistons. They're led by new coach John Kuester, and their biggest name is 35-year-old center Ben Wallace. Tip-off is at 6 p.m. Sunday at US Airways Center. TV: Fox Sports Net. Radio: KTAR-AM 620. More info: www.nba.com/suns.
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