Something lingered in the air in the Suns' locker room on New Years Eve. Not the obvious, sweat.
Two things, actually. A win, which they hadn't had of late, and smoke from some sort of smoke-bomb device, the by-product of a mini-New Year's celebration.
The Suns had enough to celebrate Friday night after a 92-75 win over the Detroit Pistons, who were missing their leading scorer and aren't very good anyway. Phoenix snapped a four-game losing streak and did with defense and a second unit that was so effective in the second quarter, point guard Steve Nash played the second-fewest minutes he has in a game all season, 19.
Jared Dudley and Vince Carter scored 19 points each, Carter adding eight rebounds. Goran Dragic hit a couple of big threes in the second quarter, when the Suns broke open the game with a 22-4 run and never looked back. But defense was the key.
The Pistons shot 40.8 percent from the field, looked lost in their half-court offense and couldn't do much with something Suns fans haven't heard good things about in a while: a trap on defense.