Nuggets Hold Off Pistons
Posted Jul 12 2007 7:17PM
Denver 92, Detroit 84
HOUSTON, July 12, 2007 (AP) -- The Denver Nuggets cruised past the Detroit Pistons, 92-84, behind Von Wafer’s 25 points. In 31 minutes of play Wafer was 11-19 from the field and grabbed three rebounds as the starting shooting guard for Denver.
Denver led by as many as 15 points in the game (55-40) with 8:35 left in third quarter behind a Jelani McCoy dunk. Overall for the summer league, McCoy is shooting an astronomical 92 percent (16-18 FG), with averages of 13.0 points and 13.0 rebounds.
“I’m just playing hard and letting everything else take care of itself,” McCoy said of his performance thus far. “I am having fun and the most important thing is having fun. We have a great coaching staff and a great group of guys with a high basketball IQ. It’s always fun like that.”
Detroit climbed within one point at 63-64 with 8:48 left in the game, but could get no closer as the Nuggets cruised to the eight point win.
Wafer’s 25 points (11-19 FG) led all scorers, while Will Blalock collected 16 points (5-8 FG) and four rebounds in 23 minutes of play.
“It’s gotten a lot more physical as summer league has gone on,” Wafer described. “I’ve been able to get in a groove out there, and I really enjoy the style of play.”
The starting rookie backcourt of Arron Afflalo and Rodney Stuckey continued to impress as they collected 37 total points for the Pistons. Afflalo had a team-high 19 points (8-18 FG) and five rebounds in 31 minutes, while Stuckey had 18 points (6-14 FG) and three assists in 27 minutes.