Billups, Pistons Embarrass Shaq, Suns

Detroit shoots 52% from field, shuts down the Suns' new big man
By Mike Buss,  Newser Staff
Posted Feb 24, 2008 7:21 PM CST
Billups, Pistons Embarrass Shaq, Suns
Phoenix Suns' Amare Stoudemire drives the lane on Detroit Pistons' Antonio McDyess, right, during the third quarter of their NBA game, Sunday, Feb. 24, 2008, in Phoenix. Detroit won easily, 116-86. (AP Photo/Roy Dabner)   (Associated Press)

Shaquille O'Neal's time in Phoenix hasn't elicited the desired results yet, unless losing 116-86 to Eastern Conference power Detroit is what the Suns had in mind when trading for the big man. The Pistons had scoring balance with six players in double figures and were dominant from midway through the second quarter through the end of the third, reports the Arizona Republic.

Rasheed Wallace had 22 points and point guard Chauncey Billups, with 14 points and 11 assists, outplayed counterpart Steve Nash to lead Detroit. Amare Stoudemire was the lone bright spot for the Suns with 31 points but got little help from Shaq and Grant Hill, who combined for only seven. Phoenix dropped to 22-3 against Eastern Conference teams this season. (Read more NBA stories.)

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