Hungry Pistons Don't Give Spurs a Chance

Jazz trounce Nash-less Suns, Kings squeak past Grizzlies
By Katherine Thompson,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 11, 2008 3:39 AM CST
Phoenix Suns guard Leandro Barbosa (10), of Brazil, goes to shoot against the Utah Jazz during the first quarter of the NBA basketball game Thursday, Jan. 10, 2008, in Salt Lake City. Barbosa finished...   (Associated Press)
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(Newser) – The Pistons went on a 22-2 scoring run late in the first quarter to put last night's game permanently out of San Antonio's reach, the San Antonio Express-News reports. "They're tough to play," said the Spurs' Tony Parker of the team that defeated the defending champions 90-80. Elsewhere in the paint:

  • Leandro Barbosa had 25 points and Amare Stoudemire grabbed 14 boards, but without Steve Nash Phoenix had no hope against an uneven Utah team, losing 108-86.
  • Though full of flu meds, John Salmons put up 28 points, 11 assists and seven rebounds, and Francisco Garcia made the winning 3-pointer in Sacramento's 116-113 win over Memphis.