A late rally by the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night fell a little short in an 88-86 loss to the Phoenix Suns. Brandon Jennings scored 19 points and Greg Monroe added 18 for the Pistons, who have lost three in a row. Detroit plays at Atlanta on Friday.
Tomas Tatar and Tomas Jurco each had a goal and an assist on Tuesday night, as the Detroit Red Wings ripped the Columbus Blue Jackets 5-0 in Ohio. Jimmy Howard made 28 saves for the shutout, while Darren Helm, Gustav Nyquist, and Riley Sheahan each added a goal. Brendan Smith had two assists. The Wings play in Winnipeg on Thursday.
No. 4 Duke defeated No. 19 Michigan State 81-71 in the Champions Classic on Tuesday night. The Spartans are (1-1) on the season, while Duke improved to (3-0). Branden Dawson had 18 points, Travis Trice 15, and Denzel Valentine added 13 for State.