NBA Game Summary - Denver at Detroit|
(Tuesday, December 11th)
Final Score: Denver 101, Detroit 94
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) - Ty Lawson and the Nuggets bench helped
Denver overcome an early deficit and down the Detroit Pistons, 101-94, at the
Palace of Auburn Hills.
The Nuggets trailed by 17 just 6:38 into the game, but quickly recovered and
never trailed in the second half, thanks in part to Lawson scoring 26 points
with seven assists and no turnovers.
Denver's reserves also contributed to the turnaround, as Corey Brewer had 15
points, JaVale McGee 12 and Andre Miller 11 with seven assists to pull the
Nuggets even on their five-game road trip with one test remaining.
Jason Maxiell logged 18 points, six rebounds and six blocks for Detroit, while
Brandon Knight and Rodney Stuckey added 20 and 17 points, respectively, in
The Pistons, playing the second game of a back-to-back after losing in
Philadelphia on Monday, didn't have the legs to build off their strong start.
Denver connected on only one of its first 12 attempts from the field, and
Detroit jumped out to a 21-4 lead as a result. The Pistons then went cold
themselves, scoring just four points in the final five minutes and allowing
the Nuggets to pull within 25-17 on Lawson's jumper in the lane just before
Detroit continued to struggle on the offensive end in a second quarter that
saw the club turn it over eight times. The Nuggets took their first lead,
41-39, on McGee's third dunk in a six-possession span and ended the half on a
13-3 run to bring a 48-42 cushion into the locker room.
"We got off to a sluggish start...but we were able to find a way to get some
energy in the game and force some turnovers and play Nuggets basketball,"
The lead never changed hands in the third and grew as high as 11. Lawson
netted 12 in the frame, including a late driving bank shot for a 72-66
advantage heading to the fourth.
A Kyle Singler lay-in cut the deficit to 76-74 with 7:28 remaining, but that
was as close as Detroit got. Miller answered with a three-point play at the
other end, and after Corey Maggette was whistled for a charge, Brewer drained
a 3-pointer to rebuild an eight-point advantage.
Danilo Gallinari's 3-pointer extended a 93-89 lead with under two minutes to
go, and Lawson's bucket in the paint following two missed free throws by
Maxiell sealed the win.
"In the fourth quarter we could not control the penetration off of the pick-
and-roll," Pistons head coach Lawrence Frank said. "It's a game of runs; we
just didn't have enough to get it done."
The Nuggets scored 20 points off 17 turnovers ... Pistons center Greg Monroe
pulled down a game-high 12 points, but shot 1-of-9 from the floor ... Denver
had lost 14 straight in Auburn Hills before winning in its last two trips ...
The Nuggets have won five straight meetings, last losing on Dec. 10, 2009 ...
The Pistons are 1-11 when allowing 100 points ... The Nuggets play again
Wednesday at Minnesota, the final stop on their road swing ... Detroit is in
action again Friday in Brooklyn.
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