Shaq ejected, but Suns beat Pistons 104-86

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PHOENIX (AP) -- Amare Stoudemire scored 29 points and grabbed 11 rebounds on his 26th birthday and the Phoenix Suns overcame the second-quarter ejection of Shaquille O'Neal Sunday night to beat the Detroit Pistons 104-86.

Steve Nash returned from a one-game suspension for his part in a skirmish with several Houston Rockets last Wednesday and added 17 points and seven assists for the Suns. Boris Diaw had 13 points for Phoenix.

Richard Hamilton scored 19 for the Pistons, who entered the game 3-0 on a four-game western swing that began Tuesday. In their previous stop, they handed the Lakers their first loss of the season Friday night in Los Angeles.