Kevin Knox II had 17 points and Marvin Bagley III scored 14 for
Detroit, which improved to 1-10 on the road this season.
The Pistons played without Cade Cunningham (left shin soreness)
for the seventh straight game, and Saddiq Bey (sprained right
ankle) missed his second in a row.
Denver's Nikola Jokic had 31 points, 10 assists and nine
rebounds in his return from a three-game absence caused by the
NBA's health and safety protocol. Michael Porter Jr. scored 18,
Aaron Gordon had 17 points after missing three games due to an
illness, Bruce Brown finished with 11 and Jamal Murray and
Kentavious Caldwell-Pope had 10 each.
Murray, back after sitting out two games due to health and
safety protocol, added eight assists.
Detroit led by two after three quarters and quickly increased
the gap to 92-84 behind eight combined points from Burks and
With the Nuggets down by 12, Denver's Zeke Nnaji scored the next
four points, but a 3-pointer by Cory Joseph made it 99-88, and
Bogdanovic hit a leaner to put Detroit ahead by 13 with 6:36 to
It was 103-93 when Denver rallied. Gordon hit two free throws,
Murray made a layup, Caldwell-Pope sank a 3-pointer and Jokic
added a basket and hit 1 of 2 foul shots make it 104-103.
Burks sank two free throws with 1:36 left, and after the Nuggets
turned it over, Burks drained an 18-footer with 50.6 seconds
left to make it 108-103.
Jokic hit two free throws with 46.1 seconds left. Burks
traveled, and Jokic hit a layup with 13.2 seconds remaining to
cut the deficit to 108-107.
Bogdanovic was fouled and made both free throws with 8.2 seconds
left for a three-point lead. Murray was fouled with 2.2 seconds
remaining. He made the first free throw and intentionally missed
the second. Gordon got the rebound, but his baseline fadeway was
Detroit took a 58-57 edge into halftime and the lead fluctuated
throughout the third quarter. The Pistons brought an 83-81 lead
into the fourth.
--Field Level Media
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