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NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Denver



(Friday, February 26th)

Final Score: Denver 107, Detroit 102

Denver, CO (Sports Network) - Chauncey Billups ended with 25 points and Carmelo Anthony chipped in 24, as the Nuggets ended a seven-game losing streak to the Pistons with a 107-102 victory at the Pepsi Center.

J.R. Smith and Joey Graham came off the bench to score 15 and 13 points, respectively, for the Nuggets, winners of three straight. Arron Afflalo had 14 points for Denver, which outscored the Pistons, 29-14, at the foul line.

Richard Hamilton totaled 20 points, six rebounds and five assists, and Rodney Stuckey donated 19, seven and six for Detroit, which has dropped two straight. Jason Maxiell went for 16 points and eight boards in defeat.

"They made plays [down the stretch] and we didn't," Detroit head coach John Kuester said. "Our execution at the end was not as crisp as it's been."

It was a two-possession game throughout the fourth until Denver pulled away with a 10-2 run down the stretch.

Smith started it with a free throw to tie the game, 93-93, while Anthony and Billups each hit shots around a Detroit turnover for a four-point lead.

Maxiell made it a two-point game, 97-95, with a turnaround jumper, only to have Billups answer with a straightaway three.

Anthony capped the run for a 102-95 lead with 1:36 remaining, and the Nuggets sealed the win at the free throw line.

"I thought our bench did a great job of keeping us in the game," Denver head coach George Karl said. "Fortunately, 'Melo and Chauncey made some big plays down the stretch."

Detroit scored eight of the final 10 points of the first quarter for a 29-22 lead. Denver went in front on Smith's bucket during a 9-0 run early in the second and took a 53-49 edge into the locker room.

A back-and-forth third quarter ended with Maxiell's putback, which cut the Pistons' deficit to 77-75.

Game Notes

Denver played without power forward Kenyon Martin (left knee contusion)...Ben Wallace recorded nine points to go with 10 rebounds for the Pistons, who committed 18 turnovers...Billups went 11-for-11 from the foul line.

02/27 01:56:55 ET


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