- Published: Nov. 20, 2023, 9:51 p.m.
DETROIT -- Monday nighttime proved to beryllium a little stint for Denver Nuggets caput coach Mike Malone and Nikola Jokic astatine Little Caesars Arena. During their absence, nan Detroit Pistons managed to capitalize, albeit temporarily. Ultimately, nan reigning NBA champions asserted their dominance, securing a 107-103 victory. This nonaccomplishment extends nan Pistons’ losing streak to 12 games.
Right from nan start, nan Pistons displayed an strength connected some ends of nan level that appeared to frustrate nan Nuggets. Jokic’s vexation escalated successful nan first quarter, starring to him picking up 2 method fouls and being ejected from nan game. Malone had a akin fate, getting ejected successful nan first 4th aft engaging pinch an charismatic regarding a no-call connected a imaginable foul against Julian Strawther.
Additionally, nan Nuggets faced nan situation of playing without Jamal Murray, who was sidelined pinch a hamstring injury.However, nan Nuggets were not nan only ones dealing pinch roster setbacks.
Jalen Duren was erstwhile again absent for nan Pistons, missing his 5th consecutive crippled owed to a correct ankle injury. Marvin Bagley III stepped into nan starting lineup for nan 5th clip this play and played a pivotal domiciled successful nan Pistons’ violative efforts. Continuously moving to get his changeable disconnected successful nan post, Bagley vanished pinch 18 points and 8 rebounds. Second-year defender Jaden Ivey, making his 2nd commencement of nan season, provided an contiguous spark pinch 17 points and 3 assists, showcasing his playmaking skills.
Cade Cunningham, contempt early struggles pinch his shot, contributed to nan Pistons’ cohesive shot activity successful nan first half, tallying six assists. He vanished nan crippled pinch 27 points and 9 assists. Stanley Umude and rookie Ausar Thompson besides made coagulated contributions pinch 11 and 8 points, respectively.
In nan absence of Jokic, nan Nuggets relied connected acquainted faces, pinch erstwhile Pistons guards Kentavious Caldwell-Pope and Reggie Jackson combining for 41 points. Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, while Jackson contributed 21 points and 3 assists. Michael Porter Jr. recorded a double-double pinch 14 points and 11 rebounds, and Christian Braun chipped successful 15 points and six rebounds.
As some teams traded baskets down nan stretch, nan people was tied astatine 103-103 pinch 1:25 remaining. However, Nuggets guardant Aaron Gordon’s go-ahead and-1 gave Denver a three-point lead, securing nan win. The Pistons are now 2 losses distant from tying nan second-worst losing streak (14 games) successful franchise history.
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