Marcus Camby grabbed 20 rebounds to go along with 12 points for
the Nuggets, who dominated the boards, 59-35. Denver had been
outrebounded in 13 of its previous 14 games.
Denver native Chauncey Billups led the Pistons with 27 points.
Richard Hamilton had 19 points for Detroit, which had its six-game
winning streak snapped. The NBA's best road team lost for just the
eighth time in 29 games away from home.
The game turned when the Nuggets dug in defensively to start the
second half. Detroit managed only 6-for-24 shooting and went nearly
five minutes before getting a field goal, a 3-pointer from Billups
that brought them within 63-60.
Anthony and Camby took over the rest of the quarter, scoring
five points and four points respectively to give the Nuggets an
82-72 lead going into the fourth quarter, only the 10th time the
Piston trailed after three quarters all year.
Martin came back with a 3-pointer and Anthony had two dunks to
make sure the Pistons never got any closer the rest of the way.
Billups had 19 points by halftime, but it took a 3-pointer in
the last minute to put the Pistons ahead 56-55 at the break.
Anthony had 14 and helped Denver stay close after falling behind
by as many as nine points in the second quarter.<
^Notes@: During the pregame introductions, Billups received a
three-minute standing ovation. Billups still maintains an offseason
home in Denver. ... Detroit signed free agent G Tony Delk. ...
Double technicals were issued to Richard Hamilton and Ruben
Patterson after the two exchanged words with 6:37 left in the first
quarter. ... Denver waived G Charles Smith.
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