DENVER (AP) — Bojan Bogdanovic scored 22 points as the Detroit Pistons broke a seven-game losing streak with a 110-108 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Tuesday night.
The win was the Pistons’ first win this season, as they had lost their previous 10. Detroit went into the night with a league-worst 3–15 record.
Former University of Colorado standout Alec Burks finished with 21 points for the Pistons, seven of which came in the fourth quarter.
After missing the past three games while on NBA COVID-19 protocols, Denver center Nikola Jokic had 31 points, 10 assists and nine rebounds, netting his fourth triple-double of the season. season shunned. Jokic’s playing status was uncertain in the hours leading up to the tip, as Nuggets head coach Michael Malone said before the game that he had “no idea” if the reigning two-time NBA Most Valuable Player would play after he cleared the NBA. and safety protocols.
Leading by two going into the fourth quarter, the Pistons extended their lead to 12, 96-84, on a Kevin Knox II transition dunk that capped off an 11-1 run.
Denver narrowed that deficit to two, 104-102, on a hook shot from Jokic. Trailing by three Nuggets with 2.2 seconds left, Denver guard Jamal Murray was fouled. After Murray made his first free throw and missed the second, teammate Aaron Gordon grabbed the rebound but missed what would have been a game-tying jumper.
It was the Nuggets’ first game since November 9 in which they did not miss at least one of Jokic, Murray, Gordon or Bones Hyland, four of the team’s top five scorers. In the five games without any of those four players, the Nuggets went 2-3 after an 8-3 start to the season.
Pistons: F Saddiq Bey didn’t play. Head coach Dwane Casey said Monday that Bey had flown back to Detroit to receive treatment for his sprained right ankle. Bey is fifth on the team in scoring, with 14.7 points per game.
Nuggets: Malone said he doesn’t believe veteran F Jeff Green’s right knee contusion is “anything too serious,” noting it’s “more of a bone contusion.” Malone added that Green will be out for the “near future”.
Pistons: On Wednesday in Utah, the fifth game of a six-game road swing.
Nuggets: Wednesday in Oklahoma City
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