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Shorthanded Pistons squeeze out close win over Nuggets


By Dana Gauruder, for NBA.com
Posted Thursday December 10, 2009 11:47PM

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (NBA.com exclusive) -- On paper, the injury-depleted Pistons seem to be overmatched every game. On the court, Detroit keeps receiving unlikely contributions and blindsiding unsuspecting opponents.

Without four key players, the Pistons stretched their winning streak to four games by knocking off Western Conference power Denver 101-99 on Thursday night.

The Pistons had only two healthy guards but still withstood a 40-point barrage from Carmelo Anthony to pull within two games of .500.

"Am I surprised? I'm just glad," Pistons first year head coach John Kuester said. "I'm happy we're weathering some of these storms."

Kuester has managed to keep his team prepared and upbeat, despite being forced to improvise on a regular basis. His current starting lineup has only one true scorer in Rodney Stuckey, but strong man-to-man defense and solid rebounding have the Pistons playing above their heads.

The Pistons held the league's highest scoring team 10 points below their average by disrupting the Nuggets' half court sets and choking off the fast break.

Denver had more turnovers (15) than assists (14) and got outscored on the fast break 18-10. The Nuggets, who were playing without Kenyon Martin (dislocated pinkie), had to rely on Anthony's wondrous one-on-one moves to stay in the game.

Anthony did not touch the ball on the final play. Chauncey Billups, the Pistons' former Mr. Big Shot, failed in the clutch as he missed a layup attempt while well guarded by Stuckey and Ben Wallace.

"If I could do it all over again, I know I had a look early in the play but we got what we wanted," said Billups, who had 21 points but shot just 6-for-16. "We were trying to get the ball in my hands or Melo's hands and try to tie it up."

Though the Nuggets are nine games over .500, Billups says his team has a long way to go before it can be called a championship contender.

"We're not a great team," he said. "We're a good team, we're not a great team. We've got an opportunity to get a lot better. Our window is really big. We should be winning games like this. When you're supposed to win, you've got to win. And great teams do that."

No one would consider the Pistons a great team but they might be the grittiest at the moment. They made do Thursday without guards Richard Hamilton, Ben Gordon and Will Bynum, who are all nursing ankle sprains, and forward Tayshaun Prince, who has a back injury.

Stuckey had 25 points while the team's other healthy guard, opening day third-stringer Chucky Atkins, contributed nine points and three assists without a turnover in 35 minutes.

"You've got to give Chucky Atkins a lot of credit," Kuester said. "He's running the team and doing a great job of getting people in position."

Charlie Villanueva mainly relied on his jump hook while scoring a team-high 27 points. Ben Wallace led the rebounding effort with 16 as the Pistons won that battle, 43-37. They entered the game second in rebounding percentage.

Wallace had three crucial offensive rebounds, including a tip-in, and a steal after the Nuggets tied the game at 96-96.

"Ben is playing great," Billups said. "He's rejuvenated himself. He's all over the place, blocking shots, getting rebounds and tip-outs."

The Pistons' trio of rookies also played significant roles. Jonas Jerebko had 12 points and eight rebounds, Austin Daye had seven points and DaJuan Summers supplied a fourth-quarter 3-pointer and stole the ball from Anthony. The 6-foot-11 Daye played 23 minutes out of position at shooting guard but his length helped to force the Nuggets out on the perimeter.

"What you see is an aggressive group of young guys," Atkins said. "All our rookies are stepping up and making big plays and our veterans are stepping up and doing things. We refuse to die. We are actually deeper now because our younger guys are getting some minutes, stepping up and making plays for us."

Denver coach George Karl wants to see the same from his role players.

"I think a lot of times consistency is our issue," he said. "Some of our losses, we give a team that is young, struggling a little bit and doesn't have a great record, we give them hope and confidence by not really going after them at the beginning of the game."

Nuggets
Pistons
     
    • 44.7%

    • 43.4%

    • 40.0%

    • 35.7%

    • 80.6%

    • 73.2%

  • FG %
  • 3FG%
  • FT %
DEN DET
Total Rebounds 8 14
Offensive Rebounds 10 15
Turnovers 15 11
Fast Break Pts: 10 18
Biggest Lead: 5 8
Points in the Paint: 36 40
DEN DET
p Anthony   40 Villanueva   27
rb Hilario   11 Wallace   16
a Lawson   4 Villanueva   5
s Smith   2 Wallace   3
b Andersen   2 4 players   1
 
  • 01/26 - DEN @ DET
  • 03/12 - DET @ DEN
Denver Nuggets (53-29)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
C. Anthony F 42:51 16-28 2-3 6-7 0 3 3 6 2 2 1 2 1 2 40
J. Graham F-G 17:47 2-3 0-0 0-0 -6 0 0 0 0 4 1 1 0 0 4
N. Hilario C 37:05 2-5 0-0 4-5 +2 1 10 11 3 3 1 3 0 0 8
A. Afflalo G 16:37 1-3 1-2 0-0 -1 0 1 1 1 4 0 0 0 0 3
C. Billups G 35:05 6-16 1-4 8-8 +9 0 1 1 2 1 1 3 0 1 21
J. Smith   29:37 5-16 2-5 2-2 -6 1 6 7 1 2 2 0 0 1 14
C. Andersen   34:35 2-4 0-0 5-9 +2 3 3 6 1 5 0 2 2 0 9
T. Lawson   15:28 0-1 0-1 0-0 -6 1 2 3 4 3 1 3 0 0 0
J. Petro   10:55 0-0 0-0 0-0 -4 1 1 2 0 3 0 1 0 0 0
M. Allen DNP - Coach's Decision
R. Balkman DNP - Coach's Decision
A. Carter DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 34-76 6-15 25-31   10 27 37 14 27 7 15 3 4 99
  44.7% 40.0% 80.6%   team rebs: 8 total to: 15
Detroit Pistons (27-55)
field goalsrebounds
  pos min fgm-a 3pm-a ftm-a +/- off def tot ast pf st to bs ba pts
J. Jerebko F 34:08 4-12 1-4 3-5 -7 4 4 8 0 5 1 2 0 0 12
J. Maxiell F 16:58 3-5 0-0 2-2 -2 2 2 4 0 4 1 1 0 1 8
B. Wallace C 35:15 2-7 0-0 3-6 +5 6 10 16 3 3 3 0 1 0 7
R. Stuckey G 38:53 7-14 0-1 11-15 -9 0 0 0 3 1 2 5 0 1 25
C. Atkins G 35:11 2-10 1-3 4-4 +10 0 2 2 3 4 2 0 0 0 9
C. Villanueva   34:30 10-19 1-3 6-7 +5 0 5 5 5 4 0 1 1 0 27
A. Daye   22:53 3-6 1-2 0-0 +4 0 1 1 1 2 0 0 1 0 7
K. Brown   14:31 1-2 0-0 1-2 +3 2 3 5 0 2 0 1 0 1 3
D. Summers   07:43 1-1 1-1 0-0 +1 1 1 2 1 2 1 1 1 0 3
W. Bynum DND - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE
B. Gordon DND - SPRAINED LEFT ANKLE
C. Wilcox DNP - Coach's Decision
Total   240 33-76 5-14 30-41   15 28 43 16 27 10 11 4 3 101
  43.4% 35.7% 73.2%   team rebs: 14 total to: 12

inactive

  • Nuggets: Martin
  • Pistons: Hamilton, Prince

technical fouls

  • Nuggets: --
  • Pistons: --

scoring

  • Lead Changes: 17
  • Times Tied: 14

arena stats

  • Arena: Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI
  • Officials: #49 Tom Washington, #52 Pat Fraher, #80 JT Orr
  • Attendance: 17176
  • Duration: 2:33
Denver Nuggets (21-14) Detroit Pistons (12-21)
Start of 1st Quarter
(12:00) Jump Ball Wallace vs Hilario (Graham gains possession)
  11:37 Atkins Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Anthony Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed  11:26  
  11:25 Wallace Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  11:05 Wallace Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
  11:04 Wallace Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  11:00 Wallace Layup Shot: Missed 
Hilario Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:59  
Hilario Driving Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS)  10:46
[DEN 2-0]
 
  10:19 Wallace Layup Shot: Missed 
Hilario Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  10:18  
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Afflalo (1 AST)  10:14
[DEN 4-0]
 
  09:52 Jerebko 3pt Shot: Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  09:51  
Afflalo Pullup Jump shot: Missed  09:44  
  09:42 Jerebko Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  09:38
[DET 2-4]
Stuckey Driving Jump shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Afflalo Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  09:38  
  09:38
[DET 3-4]
Stuckey Free Throw 1 of 1 (3 PTS) 
Billups Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Stuckey (1 ST)  09:24  
  09:16
[DET 5-4]
Stuckey Driving Layup Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Hilario (1 AST)  08:52
[DEN 7-5]
 
  08:27 Stuckey Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Billups Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  08:25  
Billups Pullup Jump shot: Missed  08:20  
  08:19 Maxiell Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  08:05 Jerebko Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed 
Hilario Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  08:04  
  07:57 Maxiell Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Hilario Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  07:57
[DEN 8-5]
 
Hilario Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  07:57
[DEN 9-5]
 
  07:36 Maxiell Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
  07:35 Team Rebound 
  07:22 Jump Ball Wallace vs Hilario (Graham gains possession) 
  07:22 Jerebko Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Hilario (1 ST) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed Block: Wallace (1 BLK)  07:03  
  07:01 Atkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  06:57 Atkins Jump Shot: Missed 
  06:57 Jerebko Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Afflalo Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  06:57  
  06:57
[DET 6-9]
Jerebko Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith  06:57  
  06:57 Jerebko Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Team Rebound  06:57  
  06:57 Maxiell Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
  06:57 Maxiell Substitution replaced by Villanueva 
Anthony Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  06:44  
Anthony Turnover : Foul (1 TO)  06:44  
  06:26 Atkins 3pt Shot: Missed 
Hilario Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:25  
Graham Alley Oop Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Anthony (1 AST)  06:20
[DEN 11-6]
 
  06:00
[DET 8-11]
Villanueva Turnaround Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Jerebko (1 ST)  05:46  
Graham Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  05:42  
  05:42 Team Timeout : Regular 
  05:42
[DET 9-11]
Villanueva Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  05:42
[DET 10-11]
Villanueva Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Billups Fade Away Jumper Shot: Missed  05:29  
  05:27 Jerebko Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Smith Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  05:23  
  05:23
[DET 11-11]
Stuckey Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
  05:23 Atkins Substitution replaced by Daye 
  05:23 Stuckey Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  05:22  
  05:11 Jerebko Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  05:11
[DEN 12-11]
 
Graham Substitution replaced by Andersen  05:11  
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  05:11
[DEN 13-11]
 
  04:55 Villanueva Hook Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:54  
Hilario Jump Shot: Missed  04:39  
  04:38 Villanueva Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  04:23
[DET 13-13]
Villanueva Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Wallace (1 AST) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  03:59  
  03:58 Wallace Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
  03:49
[DET 15-13]
Stuckey Driving Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
Anthony Driving Dunk Shot: Made (6 PTS)  03:35
[DEN 15-15]
 
  03:13 Villanueva 3pt Shot: Missed 
Hilario Rebound (Off:0 Def:5)  03:12  
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  03:02
[DEN 17-15]
 
  02:49
[DET 17-17]
Villanueva Hook Shot: Made (8 PTS) 
  02:33 Daye Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:33  
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  02:33
[DEN 18-17]
 
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  02:33
[DEN 19-17]
 
  02:16 Villanueva Layup Shot: Missed 
Hilario Rebound (Off:0 Def:6)  02:15  
Stuckey Violation:Kicked Ball  02:11  
  02:11 Wallace Substitution replaced by Brown 
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  01:53  
  01:52 Villanueva Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
  01:41
[DET 20-19]
Jerebko 3pt Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Villanueva (1 AST) 
  01:28 Brown Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 2 (1 PTS)  01:28
[DEN 20-20]
 
Billups Free Throw 2 of 2 (2 PTS)  01:28
[DEN 21-20]
 
Billups Substitution replaced by Lawson  01:12  
Lawson Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  01:08  
  01:08 Stuckey Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  01:08 Team Rebound 
  01:08
[DET 21-21]
Stuckey Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Anthony 3pt Shot: Made (11 PTS) Assist: Lawson (1 AST)  00:49.8
[DEN 24-21]
 
  00:38.9 Daye Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:37.4 Brown Rebound (Off:1 Def:0) 
Andersen Foul : Shooting (1 PF)  00:36.7  
  00:36.7
[DET 22-24]
Stuckey Free Throw 1 of 2 (10 PTS) 
  00:36.7
[DET 23-24]
Stuckey Free Throw 2 of 2 (11 PTS) 
Smith Running Jump Shot: Missed  00:29.9  
  00:27.7 Daye Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
  00:13.1 Stuckey Foul : Offensive (1 PF) 
  00:13.1 Stuckey Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
Andersen Substitution replaced by Billups  00:13.1  
  00:13.1 Stuckey Substitution replaced by Atkins 
  00:13.1 Villanueva Substitution replaced by Summers 
Billups Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  00:01.0  
  00:00.5 Summers Rebound (Off:0 Def:1) 
End of 1st Quarter
Denver Nuggets (21-14) Detroit Pistons (12-21)
Start of 2nd QuarterBack to Top
  11:44
[DET 25-24]
Villanueva Hook Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Daye (1 AST) 
Smith Floating Jump shot: Made (2 PTS)  11:23
[DEN 26-25]
 
Anthony Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  10:58  
  10:58
[DET 26-26]
Villanueva Free Throw 1 of 3 (11 PTS) 
  10:58
[DET 27-26]
Villanueva Free Throw 2 of 3 (12 PTS) 
Anthony Substitution replaced by Graham  10:58  
  10:58
[DET 28-26]
Villanueva Free Throw 3 of 3 (13 PTS) 
Andersen Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Maxiell (1 ST)  10:40  
  10:29 Villanueva Jump Shot: Missed 
Petro Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:28  
Graham Jump Shot: Missed  10:22  
  10:19 Brown Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  10:02
[DET 30-26]
Villanueva Hook Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Andersen (1 AST)  09:55
[DEN 29-30]
 
  09:36 Villanueva Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  09:35  
Smith 3pt Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Lawson (2 AST)  09:26
[DEN 32-30]
 
  09:02
[DET 33-32]
Daye 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Atkins (1 AST) 
  08:50 Brown Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
Timeout : Official  08:50  
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  08:50
[DEN 33-33]
 
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  08:50
[DEN 34-33]
 
  08:31 Brown Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Lawson (1 ST) 
Petro Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Atkins (1 ST)  08:27  
  08:17 Maxiell Jump Shot: Missed Block: Andersen (1 BLK) 
  08:15 Maxiell Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
Petro Foul : Personal (1 PF)  08:13  
  07:59
[DET 35-34]
Maxiell Jump Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Villanueva (2 AST) 
Andersen Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Smith (1 AST)  07:44
[DEN 36-35]
 
  07:44 Maxiell Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  07:44 Maxiell Substitution replaced by Wallace 
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 1 Missed  07:44  
  07:43 Wallace Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  07:27
[DET 37-36]
Daye Jump Shot: Made (5 PTS) Assist: Villanueva (3 AST) 
Andersen Turnover : Bad Pass (2 TO) Steal:Atkins (2 ST)  07:23  
  07:19
[DET 39-36]
Villanueva Layup Shot: Made (17 PTS) Assist: Atkins (2 AST) 
Lawson Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Wallace (1 ST)  07:02  
  06:58
[DET 41-36]
Atkins Layup Shot: Made (2 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  06:55  
Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  06:42  
  06:41 Brown Rebound (Off:1 Def:2) 
Graham Foul : Personal (2 PF)  06:25  
Smith Substitution replaced by Billups  06:25  
Graham Substitution replaced by Anthony  06:25  
  06:10 Wallace Jump Shot: Missed 
Andersen Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  06:08  
Billups Layup Shot: Missed Block: Daye (1 BLK)  06:01  
Team Rebound  06:01  
  05:58 Daye Foul : Personal (2 PF) 
  05:58 Brown Substitution replaced by Jerebko 
  05:58 Daye Substitution replaced by Stuckey 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  05:46  
Petro Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  05:45  
Lawson 3pt Shot: Missed  05:29  
  05:28 Jerebko Rebound (Off:1 Def:3) 
  05:19 Stuckey Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Billups (1 ST) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Billups (1 AST)  05:15
[DEN 38-41]
 
  04:52 Villanueva Hook Shot: Missed 
  04:52 Wallace Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
Petro Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  04:52  
Petro Substitution replaced by Hilario  04:52  
  04:52 Wallace Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  04:52 Team Rebound 
  04:52 Wallace Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Lawson Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  04:51  
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  04:43  
Lawson Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  04:40  
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS)  04:40
[DEN 40-41]
 
  04:40 Jerebko Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 1 (16 PTS)  04:40
[DEN 41-41]
 
  04:24
[DET 43-41]
Stuckey Layup Shot: Made (13 PTS) Assist: Wallace (2 AST) 
Lawson Turnover : Palming Turnover (2 TO)  04:12  
Lawson Substitution replaced by Afflalo  04:12  
  03:50
[DET 45-41]
Wallace Dunk Shot: Made (2 PTS) Assist: Villanueva (4 AST) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  03:21  
  03:20 Wallace Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  03:16
[DET 47-41]
Jerebko Driving Reverse Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Wallace (3 AST) 
Hilario Reverse Layup Shot: Missed  02:59  
Anthony Rebound (Off:1 Def:1)  02:55  
Anthony Putback Dunk Shot: Made (18 PTS)  02:53
[DEN 43-47]
 
  02:47 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:42 Stuckey Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Anthony (1 ST) 
  02:30 Villanueva Foul : Shooting (1 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS)  02:30
[DEN 44-47]
 
Billups Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS)  02:30
[DEN 45-47]
 
  02:10 Jerebko Turnover : Traveling (2 TO) 
Hilario Layup Shot: Missed  01:53  
  01:52 Wallace Rebound (Off:2 Def:5) 
  01:47
[DET 49-45]
Stuckey Driving Layup Shot: Made (15 PTS) 
Anthony Fade Away Jumper Shot: Made (20 PTS)  01:20
[DEN 47-49]
 
  01:02
[DET 51-47]
Villanueva Jump Shot: Made (19 PTS) 
Afflalo 3pt Shot: Missed  00:41.9  
Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:1)  00:40.9  
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  00:35.7  
Team Rebound  00:35.7  
  00:35.7 Villanueva Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF) 
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  00:35.7  
Team Rebound  00:35.7  
  00:35.7 Villanueva Substitution replaced by Daye 
Anthony Substitution replaced by Graham  00:35.7  
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS)  00:35.7
[DEN 48-51]
 
  00:26.9 Stuckey Pullup Jump shot: Missed 
  00:25.9 Team Rebound 
  00:25.3 Team Timeout : Short 
Graham Foul : Personal (3 PF)  00:06.7  
  00:06.7
[DET 52-48]
Stuckey Free Throw 1 of 2 (16 PTS) 
Andersen Substitution replaced by Lawson  00:06.7  
  00:06.7 Stuckey Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
Hilario Rebound (Off:0 Def:7)  00:05.9  
Billups Layup Shot: Made (6 PTS) Assist: Hilario (2 AST)  00:02.2
[DEN 50-52]
 
  00:00.4 Stuckey 3pt Shot: Missed 
  00:00.1 Team Rebound 
End of 2nd Quarter
Denver Nuggets (21-14) Detroit Pistons (12-21)
Start of 3rd QuarterBack to Top
  11:41 Jerebko 3pt Shot: Missed 
Hilario Rebound (Off:0 Def:8)  11:40  
Hilario Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO)  11:36  
  11:21 Atkins Jump Shot: Missed 
  11:20 Jerebko Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  11:17 Jerebko Layup Shot: Missed 
  11:16 Maxiell Rebound (Off:2 Def:1) 
  11:15
[DET 54-50]
Maxiell Layup Shot: Made (4 PTS) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  10:55  
Team Rebound  10:54  
Billups Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  10:42  
  10:41 Wallace Rebound (Off:2 Def:6) 
  10:35 Atkins Jump Shot: Missed 
Afflalo Rebound (Off:0 Def:1)  10:34  
Anthony Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  10:08  
  10:07 Jerebko Rebound (Off:2 Def:4) 
  09:59 Stuckey Turnover : Traveling (4 TO) 
Anthony Dunk Shot: Made (22 PTS) Assist: Hilario (3 AST)  09:48
[DEN 52-54]
 
  09:27
[DET 56-52]
Jerebko Layup Shot: Made (8 PTS) Assist: Stuckey (1 AST) 
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Missed  09:12  
  09:11 Maxiell Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  08:55 Maxiell Turnover : Lost Ball (1 TO) Steal:Graham (1 ST) 
Billups Jump Shot: Made (8 PTS)  08:43
[DEN 54-56]
 
  08:43 Atkins Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 1 (9 PTS)  08:43
[DEN 55-56]
 
  08:29
[DET 58-55]
Stuckey Driving Layup Shot: Made (18 PTS) 
Billups Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Stuckey (2 ST)  08:13  
  08:09
[DET 60-55]
Jerebko Dunk Shot: Made (10 PTS) Assist: Stuckey (2 AST) 
Afflalo Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  08:09  
  08:09
[DET 61-55]
Jerebko Free Throw 1 of 1 (11 PTS) 
Graham Jump Shot: Made (4 PTS) Assist: Billups (2 AST)  07:51
[DEN 57-61]
 
Afflalo Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  07:27  
  07:27
[DET 62-57]
Stuckey Free Throw 1 of 2 (19 PTS) 
  07:27
[DET 63-57]
Stuckey Free Throw 2 of 2 (20 PTS) 
Graham Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Wallace (2 ST)  07:10  
  06:48
[DET 65-57]
Maxiell Jump Shot: Made (6 PTS) 
Billups Jump Shot: Made (11 PTS)  06:30
[DEN 59-65]
 
Graham Foul : Shooting (4 PF)  06:11  
  06:11
[DET 66-59]
Maxiell Free Throw 1 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Graham Substitution replaced by Andersen  06:11  
  06:11
[DET 67-59]
Maxiell Free Throw 2 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  06:01 Wallace Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
  05:54 Atkins Foul : Personal (3 PF) 
  05:54 Team Timeout : Regular 
Billups 3pt Shot: Made (14 PTS)  05:46
[DEN 62-67]
 
  05:17 Wallace Jump Shot: Missed 
  05:17 Team Rebound 
  05:17 Team Turnover : Shot Clock Turnover 
  05:05 Wallace Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Afflalo Substitution replaced by Smith  05:05  
Hilario Free Throw 1 of 2 (5 PTS)  05:05
[DEN 63-67]
 
  05:05 Maxiell Substitution replaced by Villanueva 
Hilario Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  05:05  
  05:04 Wallace Rebound (Off:2 Def:7) 
  04:42
[DET 69-63]
Villanueva Driving Layup Shot: Made (21 PTS) Assist: Atkins (3 AST) 
  04:34 Atkins Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Billups Free Throw 1 of 3 (15 PTS)  04:34
[DEN 64-69]
 
Billups Free Throw 2 of 3 (16 PTS)  04:34
[DEN 65-69]
 
  04:34 Atkins Substitution replaced by Daye 
Billups Free Throw 3 of 3 (17 PTS)  04:34
[DEN 66-69]
 
  04:19 Stuckey Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:2 Def:2)  04:17  
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (24 PTS)  04:04
[DEN 68-69]
 
  03:43
[DET 71-68]
Villanueva Jump Shot: Made (23 PTS) 
Hilario Layup Shot: Made (7 PTS) Assist: Anthony (2 AST)  03:19
[DEN 70-71]
 
  03:19 Villanueva Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
  03:19 Stuckey Substitution replaced by Atkins 
Hilario Free Throw 1 of 1 (8 PTS)  03:19
[DEN 71-71]
 
  02:57
[DET 73-71]
Daye Jump Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Billups Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed  02:43  
  02:42 Wallace Rebound (Off:2 Def:8) 
  02:28 Daye 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:2)  02:27  
Andersen Layup Shot: Missed  02:19  
Andersen Rebound (Off:1 Def:3)  02:17  
Andersen Tip Shot: Missed  02:17  
Andersen Rebound (Off:2 Def:3)  02:16  
  02:15 Jerebko Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Team Timeout : Regular  02:15  
Billups Substitution replaced by Lawson  02:15  
Andersen Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed  02:15  
Team Rebound  02:15  
Andersen Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  02:15  
  02:13 Villanueva Rebound (Off:0 Def:3) 
  01:55 Daye Running Hook Shot: Missed 
  01:53 Wallace Rebound (Off:3 Def:8) 
  01:45 Jerebko Jump Shot: Missed 
  01:44 Jerebko Rebound (Off:3 Def:4) 
  01:40 Jerebko Hook Shot: Missed 
Hilario Rebound (Off:0 Def:9)  01:39  
  01:32 Jerebko Foul : Personal (4 PF) 
Smith Free Throw 1 of 2 (9 PTS)  01:32
[DEN 72-73]
 
  01:32 Jerebko Substitution replaced by Summers 
Smith Free Throw 2 of 2 (10 PTS)  01:32
[DEN 73-73]
 
  01:12 Summers Turnover : Bad Pass (1 TO) Steal:Smith (1 ST) 
Smith Dunk Shot: Missed  01:08  
  01:07 Villanueva Rebound (Off:0 Def:4) 
Andersen Foul : Personal (2 PF)  01:05  
  00:58.2
[DET 76-73]
Atkins 3pt Shot: Made (5 PTS) 
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  00:44.9  
  00:43.7 Atkins Rebound (Off:0 Def:2) 
Lawson Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  00:38.4  
  00:38.4
[DET 77-73]
Atkins Free Throw 1 of 2 (6 PTS) 
  00:38.4
[DET 78-73]
Atkins Free Throw 2 of 2 (7 PTS) 
Hilario Foul : Offensive (1 PF)  00:26.9  
Hilario Turnover : Foul (2 TO)  00:26.9  
  00:26.9 Summers Substitution replaced by Stuckey 
Andersen Substitution replaced by Afflalo  00:26.9  
Smith Foul : Shooting (2 PF)  00:06.5  
  00:06.5
[DET 79-73]
Wallace Free Throw 1 of 2 (3 PTS) 
  00:06.5 Atkins Substitution replaced by Summers 
  00:06.5
[DET 80-73]
Wallace Free Throw 2 of 2 (4 PTS) 
Anthony 3pt Shot: Missed  00:01.3  
  00:00.1 Wallace Rebound (Off:3 Def:9) 
End of 3rd Quarter
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Smith 3pt Shot: Missed  11:45  
Anthony Rebound (Off:3 Def:2)  11:44  
Anthony Layup Shot: Made (26 PTS)  11:40
[DEN 75-80]
 
  11:15 Villanueva Turnaround Jump Shot: Missed 
Lawson Rebound (Off:1 Def:2)  11:14  
Smith Layup Shot: Made (12 PTS) Assist: Lawson (3 AST)  11:08
[DEN 77-80]
 
Petro Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  10:49  
  10:49 Brown Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  10:49 Team Rebound 
  10:49
[DET 81-77]
Brown Free Throw 2 of 2 (1 PTS) 
Smith Driving Layup Shot: Made (14 PTS)  10:34
[DEN 79-81]
 
  10:12 Stuckey Layup Shot: Missed Block: Andersen (2 BLK) 
  10:11 Brown Rebound (Off:2 Def:2) 
  10:10 Brown Layup Shot: Missed Block: Anthony (1 BLK) 
  10:08 Summers Rebound (Off:1 Def:1) 
  10:04
[DET 84-79]
Villanueva 3pt Shot: Made (26 PTS) Assist: Summers (1 AST) 
Anthony Layup Shot: Missed Block: Summers (1 BLK)  09:52  
  09:50 Team Rebound 
  09:30
[DET 87-79]
Summers 3pt Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Stuckey (3 AST) 
Team Timeout : Regular  09:28  
Smith Layup Shot: Missed  09:17  
Andersen Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  09:16  
Andersen Tip Shot: Made (9 PTS)  09:15
[DEN 81-87]
 
  08:52
[DET 89-81]
Brown Dunk Shot: Made (3 PTS) Assist: Villanueva (5 AST) 
Anthony 3pt Shot: Made (29 PTS) Assist: Lawson (4 AST)  08:34
[DEN 84-89]
 
Lawson Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  08:13  
  08:13
[DET 90-84]
Stuckey Free Throw 1 of 2 (21 PTS) 
Petro Substitution replaced by Hilario  08:13  
  08:13
[DET 91-84]
Stuckey Free Throw 2 of 2 (22 PTS) 
Lawson Turnover : Traveling (3 TO)  07:54  
Lawson Substitution replaced by Billups  07:54  
  07:37 Villanueva Running Jump Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:3)  07:36  
Smith Layup Shot: Missed Block: Villanueva (1 BLK)  07:30  
Team Rebound  07:30  
Anthony Turnover : Lost Ball (2 TO) Steal:Summers (1 ST)  07:22  
Andersen Foul : Shooting (3 PF)  07:16  
  07:16 Stuckey Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  07:16 Team Rebound 
  07:16
[DET 92-84]
Stuckey Free Throw 2 of 2 (23 PTS) 
Billups Pullup Jump shot: Made (19 PTS)  07:03
[DEN 86-92]
 
  06:45 Villanueva 3pt Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:0 Def:4)  06:43  
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  06:37  
  06:36 Brown Rebound (Off:2 Def:3) 
  06:23 Villanueva Foul : Offensive (4 PF) 
  06:23 Villanueva Turnover : Foul (1 TO) 
  06:08 Summers Foul : Personal (1 PF) 
Smith Layup Shot: Missed  05:53  
Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:4)  05:52  
Smith Tip Shot: Missed  05:51  
Hilario Rebound (Off:1 Def:9)  05:48  
Anthony Jump Shot: Made (31 PTS)  05:42
[DEN 88-92]
 
  05:42 Summers Foul : Shooting (2 PF) 
Timeout : Official  05:42  
  05:42 Villanueva Substitution replaced by Atkins 
  05:42 Daye Substitution replaced by Wallace 
  05:42 Brown Substitution replaced by Maxiell 
  05:42 Summers Substitution replaced by Jerebko 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 1 (32 PTS)  05:42
[DEN 89-92]
 
  05:24 Atkins 3pt Shot: Missed 
  05:23 Jerebko Rebound (Off:4 Def:4) 
  05:21 Jerebko Putback Dunk Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:5)  05:20  
Smith Jump Shot: Missed  05:09  
  05:09 Team Rebound 
Hilario Foul : Loose Ball (2 PF)  05:09  
  05:09 Maxiell Substitution replaced by Villanueva 
  04:48 Stuckey Turnover : Lost Ball (5 TO) Steal:Smith (2 ST) 
  04:48 Jerebko Foul : Personal (5 PF) 
Anthony Driving Finger Roll Layup Shot: Made (34 PTS)  04:31
[DEN 91-92]
 
  04:31 Wallace Foul : Shooting (3 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 1 (35 PTS)  04:31
[DEN 92-92]
 
  04:14 Jerebko 3pt Shot: Missed 
  04:14 Wallace Rebound (Off:4 Def:9) 
Billups Foul : Personal (1 PF)  04:14  
  04:14 Wallace Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  04:14 Team Rebound 
  04:14
[DET 93-92]
Wallace Free Throw 2 of 2 (5 PTS) 
Anthony Driving Layup Shot: Made (37 PTS)  03:54
[DEN 94-93]
 
Andersen Foul : Personal (4 PF)  03:37  
  03:37
[DET 94-94]
Atkins Free Throw 1 of 2 (8 PTS) 
  03:37
[DET 95-94]
Atkins Free Throw 2 of 2 (9 PTS) 
Billups 3pt Shot: Missed  03:17  
  03:16 Team Rebound 
Hilario Foul : Loose Ball (3 PF)  03:15  
  03:15 Jerebko Free Throw 1 of 2 Missed 
  03:15 Team Rebound 
  03:15
[DET 96-94]
Jerebko Free Throw 2 of 2 (12 PTS) 
Billups Pullup Jump shot: Made (21 PTS)  03:00
[DEN 96-96]
 
  02:37 Atkins Driving Layup Shot: Missed 
Smith Rebound (Off:1 Def:6)  02:36  
Anthony Jump Shot: Missed  02:23  
  02:23 Villanueva Rebound (Off:0 Def:5) 
Andersen Foul : Personal (5 PF)  02:23  
  02:23 Team Timeout : Regular 
  02:23
[DET 97-96]
Villanueva Free Throw 1 of 2 (27 PTS) 
  02:23 Villanueva Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed 
  02:22 Wallace Rebound (Off:5 Def:9) 
  02:02 Atkins Layup Shot: Missed 
  02:00 Wallace Rebound (Off:6 Def:9) 
  01:58
[DET 99-96]
Wallace Tip Shot: Made (7 PTS) 
Anthony Running Jump Shot: Made (39 PTS)  01:36
[DEN 98-99]
 
  01:15 Stuckey Jump Shot: Missed 
Hilario Rebound (Off:1 Def:10)  01:13  
Hilario Turnover : Bad Pass (3 TO) Steal:Wallace (3 ST)  01:12  
  00:57.2
[DET 101-98]
Stuckey Driving Layup Shot: Made (25 PTS) 
Team Timeout : Regular  00:57.2  
  00:57.2 Villanueva Substitution replaced by Maxiell 
  00:52.6 Maxiell Foul : Shooting (4 PF) 
Anthony Free Throw 1 of 2 (40 PTS)  00:52.6
[DEN 99-101]
 
  00:52.6 Maxiell Substitution replaced by Villanueva 
Anthony Free Throw 2 of 2 Missed  00:52.6  
  00:51.9 Wallace Rebound (Off:6 Def:10) 
  00:46.2 Team Timeout : Regular 
  00:28.5 Stuckey Jump Shot: Missed 
  00:28.5 Team Rebound 
  00:28.5 Instant Replay - Support Ruling 
  00:08.9 Atkins Jump Shot: Missed 
Anthony Rebound (Off:3 Def:3)  00:07.6  
Team Timeout : Short  00:06.1  
Team Timeout : Short  00:06.1  
  00:06.1 Villanueva Substitution replaced by Maxiell 
Billups Layup Shot: Missed  00:00.9  
Team Rebound  00:00.0  
End of 4th Quarter
broadcast information
country channel time
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standings
w
l
l10
h
a
DEN
1st Northwest
53
29
6-4
34-7
19-22
DET
5th Central
27
55
4-6
17-24
10-31
 
ppg
rpg
apg
bpg
spg
DEN
2 players 30.7
2 players 8.5
2 players 6.3
2 players 1.2
2 players 2.0
DET
Hamilton 18.1
Wallace 8.7
Stuckey 4.8
Wallace 1.2
Stuckey 1.4

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