Wednesday, April 25, 2018
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Pistons offense outlasts Nuggets

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Brandon Jennings had a season-high 35 points to go with 12 assists, Josh Smith had 30 and the Pistons avoided another fourth-quarter collapse in a 126-109 win over the Nuggets on Saturday.

The game didn't quite match the highest-scoring game in league history, Detroit's 186-184 triple-overtime win over Denver 30 years ago, but still saw 11 players score in double figures and the Pistons put up a season high in points.

Rodney Stuckey added 19 for Detroit, while Andre Drummond had 18 points and 15 rebounds.

Randy Foye led the Nuggets with 25, Wilson Chandler scored 20 and J.J. Hickson added 15 points and 16 rebounds. Denver lost point guard Ty Lawson to a back strain late in the first half. Evan Fournier replaced him at the start of the second half, with Foye moving from shooting guard to the point.

With both teams on the second half of consecutive games, it was clear early that this was not going to be a defensive struggle. The Nuggets jumped to a quick lead by hitting their first four 3-point tries, but Detroit got to the rim at will, scoring 40 points in the paint before halftime.

The Nuggets kept the advantage for most of the half, thanks to seven 3-pointers, but Jennings hit three straight 3-point shots late in the second quarter to give Detroit a 65-61 lead at the break.

Denver was back within 97-86 at the end of third quarter, putting the pressure on a Detroit team that has struggled to hold fourth-quarter leads. The Nuggets used an 8-0 lead to pull within 106-100 with 7:14 to play. Detroit forced turnovers and Jennings secured the win with two late 3-pointers.

GAME HIGHLIGHTS: Patty Mills scored 18 of his season-high 32 in the fourth quarter and Tim Duncan had a double double to lead the visiting Spurs to a 104-100 victory over the Bobcats for their fourth win in five games. Mills was 10 of 13 from the field, including 5 of 5 in the fourth quarter. He also connected on 8 of 9 free throws and had four 3-pointers to help the Spurs defeat the Bobcats for the sixth straight time. Duncan finished with 16 points and 13 rebounds for his 22nd double-double of the season. The red hot Al Jefferson led the way for the Bobcats with 26 points and nine rebounds. … Zach Randolph scored 20 and the Grizzlies continued their pattern of winning on the road with strong defense, shutting down the host Hawks 79-76. The Hawks were held to a combined 25 points in the second and third quarters. Paul Millsap had 20 points and 11 rebounds for Atlanta.

AROUND THE LEAGUE: All-Star forward Kevin Love missed the Timberwolves' game against Portland because of a bruised left quadriceps, and starting point guard Kevin Martin also was out because of a broken left thumb that will sideline him indefinitely. Love said he hoped to play Monday against Houston. Love, averaging 25.6 points and 13.3 rebounds, said he expected to play in the All-Star Game. The Timberwolves are still missing starting center Nikola Pekovic, sidelined by bursitis in his right ankle. … Clippers All-Star guard Chris Paul, out since Jan. 3 because of a separated right shoulder, will return today against the 76ers. In 34 games, Paul is averaging 19.6 points and 11.4 assists.

Spurs 104, Bobcats 100

SAN ANTONIO (104): Green 1-6 0-0 3, Duncan 6-13 4-6 16, Diaw 5-9 1-1 13, Parker 3-13 3-4 9, Joseph 3-7 2-2 8, De Colo 5-11 4-4 15, Ayres 3-4 2-2 8, Bonner 0-1 0-0 0, Mills 10-13 8-9 32, Brown 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 36-77 24-28 104.

CHARLOTTE (100): Kidd-Gilchrist 2-7 0-0 4, McRoberts 3-5 0-0 7, Jefferson 12-21 2-2 26, Walker 7-19 4-4 18, Henderson 8-19 5-8 23, Zeller 1-3 4-6 6, Sessions 4-9 1-2 10, Tolliver 2-5 0-0 6, Biyombo 0-1 0-0 0, Pargo 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 39-89 16-22 100.

San Antonio 21 20 28 35— 104

Charlotte 25 17 28 30— 100

3-Point GoalsSan Antonio 8-21 (Mills 4-5, Diaw 2-3, Green 1-4, De Colo 1-5, Parker 0-2, Joseph 0-2), AsCharlotte 6-16 (Tolliver 2-4, Henderson 2-5, Sessions 1-1, McRoberts 1-3, Walker 0-3). Fouled OutWalker. ReboundsSan Antonio 49 (Duncan 13), Charlotte 52 (Kidd-Gilchrist 12). AssistsSan Antonio 24 (Parker 5), Charlotte 24 (Walker 8). Total FoulsSan Antonio 16, Charlotte 18. TechnicalsSan Antonio defensive three second. A19,084 (19,077).

Grizzlies 79, Hawks 76

MEMPHIS (79): Prince 0-3 0-0 0, Randolph 10-16 0-0 20, Gasol 4-14 0-0 8, Calathes 5-15 0-0 10, Lee 6-12 1-1 14, Johnson 4-9 0-0 8, Morris 2-5 0-0 5, Davis 1-3 0-0 2, Miller 3-7 0-0 8, Koufos 2-6 0-0 4. Totals 37-90 1-1 79.

ATLANTA (76): Carroll 6-11 0-2 13, Millsap 8-16 2-4 20, Ayon 2-2 2-2 6, Teague 3-10 2-2 8, Korver 3-9 0-0 9, Williams 2-8 1-3 6, Brand 4-6 1-2 9, Scott 0-5 0-0 0, Martin 2-3 0-0 5. Totals 30-70 8-15 76.

Memphis 27 10 24 18— 79

Atlanta 29 14 11 22— 76

3-Point GoalsMemphis 4-12 (Miller 2-3, Morris 1-2, Lee 1-3, Johnson 0-1, Calathes 0-3), Atlanta 8-20 (Korver 3-6, Millsap 2-3, Martin 1-2, Carroll 1-2, Williams 1-4, Teague 0-1, Scott 0-2). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsMemphis 50 (Gasol 8), Atlanta 50 (Millsap 11). AssistsMemphis 22 (Gasol 7), Atlanta 21 (Millsap 6). Total FoulsMemphis 12, Atlanta 10. TechnicalsAtlanta defensive three second. A15,190 (18,729).

Pistons 126, Nuggets 109

DENVER (109): Chandler 6-13 2-3 20, Faried 5-7 1-3 11, Hickson 7-14 1-6 15, Lawson 2-7 2-2 6, Foye 9-16 2-2 25, Mozgov 0-3 3-4 3, Fournier 5-10 0-0 12, Q.Miller 3-6 0-0 6, Arthur 2-5 0-0 4, Randolph 2-5 0-0 6, Hamilton 0-2 1-2 1. Totals 41-88 12-22 109.

DETROIT (126): Smith 14-27 1-4 30, Monroe 6-9 2-2 14, Drummond 8-13 2-2 18, Jennings 11-22 7-7 35, Singler 4-10 1-2 10, Stuckey 7-15 5-6 19, Caldwell-Pope 0-2 0-0 0, Jerebko 0-0 0-0 0. Totals 50-98 18-23 126.

Denver 29 32 25 23— 109

Detroit 30 35 32 29— 126

3-Point GoalsDenver 15-33 (Chandler 6-10, Foye 5-12, Fournier 2-3, Randolph 2-4, Lawson 0-1, Arthur 0-1, Q.Miller 0-2), Detroit 8-20 (Jennings 6-11, Singler 1-3, Smith 1-5, Caldwell-Pope 0-1). Fouled OutNone. ReboundsDenver 59 (Hickson 16), Detroit 51 (Drummond 15). AssistsDenver 24 (Lawson 7), Detroit 28 (Jennings 12). Total FoulsDenver 17, Detroit 16. TechnicalsMozgov. A15,870 (22,076).

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