There were no heated exchanges between Mike Thibault and Bill Laimbeer this time around, and no heat from the Connecticut Sun yesterday afternoon in Uncasville, Conn.
Instead, the heat stayed with the Detroit Shock, who led by as many as 16 points and held on for a 75-66 win in front of 8,401 spectators at the Mohegan Sun Arena.
Laimbeer and Thibault had a heated argument after the Shock beat the Sun, 66-57, in Detroit July 20, but when the coaches met at halfcourt for the customary postgame handshake yesterday, they both smiled, said ''good job," and headed for the locker room, avoiding further controversy.
Deanna Nolan scored a game-high 19 points, and Plenette Pierson added 17 off the bench as the Shock handed the Sun their first home loss of the season.
The Sun were 10-0 at home this season until yesterday.
The loss, the Sun's first at Mohegan Sun Arena since Sept. 17, 2004, ended a stretch of 15 straight home wins, including the playoffs.
The Shock had lost five of six games since the All-Star break, but they remain in the Eastern Conference playoff race. The Shock are now 7 1/2 games behind the first-place Sun and 1 1/2 games behind the idle New York Liberty for fourth place, with the top four teams in each conference earning playoff berths.
It was the final meeting of the season between the teams, with the Shock winning the regular-season series, 3-1.
''I think our heart played a role today," Laimbeer said. ''We played really hard from start to finish and we did what we needed to do. We controlled the glass and we were very patient, and that was the key to the ball game."
''We saw this game as a new start," Nolan added. ''We were just trying to go out and play hard and make a push for the playoffs."
Detroit led at the half, 30-19.
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