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Tuesday, March 18th (All times eastern)

Denver Nuggets (40-26) at Detroit Pistons (48-18), 7:30 p.m.

(Sports Network) - The Denver Nuggets open a five-game road trip tonight, starting with the Detroit Pistons at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

The playoff-hungry Nuggets will also visit Philadelphia, New Jersey, Toronto and Memphis, and own a 12-19 mark away from the Pepsi Center this season. They have also dropped three straight as the visitor.

Denver is coming off an unbeaten three-game homestand, including an amazing 168-116 blowout of the Seattle SuperSonics on Sunday. Marcus Camby had a triple-double by the end of the third quarter, finishing with 13 points, 15 rebounds and a career-high 10 assists to help Denver set a franchise-record for most points in a regulation game.

Carmelo Anthony had 26 points and Allen Iverson scored 24 and had six assists before leaving with a welt over his left eye, as the Nuggets pulled within 1 1/2 games of Golden State for the eighth and final playoff spot in the West.

Denver broke its mark for most points in regulation, eclipsing the 163 against San Antonio on January 11, 1984. Its all-time mark for points is 184 in a triple-overtime game against Detroit on December 13, 1983. The Nuggets shot 60.4 percent from the field and tied a franchise-record for most three- pointers in a game, going 16-of-31 from beyond the arc. It was also the largest margin of victory in team history, topping the 46-point difference (139-93) versus the Clippers on November 6, 1987.

Iverson is probable for Tuesday's game against second-seeded Detroit.

The Pistons will close out a five-game homestand on Tuesday, and are 26-6 in the Motor City this season. They improved to 3-1 on the stand after Sunday's 105-84 victory over the New Orleans Hornets, as Jarvis Hayes made 7-of-8 three-point attempts en route to a season-high 29 points to lead the way.

Chauncey Billups had 17 points and five assists, while Tayshaun Prince added 13 points for Central Division-leading Detroit, which has won four of five overall. Rasheed Wallace chipped in 10 points in a winning effort.

Tuesday's showdown between Denver and Detroit is the second and final meeting of the regular season. The Pistons posted a 98-93 triumph on February 25 at the Pepsi Center. Billups scored nine of his 20 points in the fourth quarter to lead the charge.

Detroit has won three straight, five of six and 12 of the last 14 matchups with the Nuggets, who have lost 11 straight trips to Motown.

03/18 11:02:32 ET


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