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Pistons pour it on this time, rout Nuggets 129-103

DETROIT (AP) For the second straight game, the Detroit Pistons had a big third-quarter lead at home.

This time, they kept pouring it on.

Andre Drummond scored 14 of his season-high 27 points in the third and the Pistons snapped Denver's six-game winning streak, beating the Nuggets 129-103 on Monday night.

Detroit blew a 25-point lead in a loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Saturday, but the Pistons never allowed Denver to make much of a run in the second half. Blake Griffin added 17 points for Detroit, and Reggie Jackson scored 14.

''Played with the same energy we had in that Clippers game, but sustained it for the full game,'' Drummond said. ''That last game really hurt.''

Trey Lyles had 20 points for the Nuggets, who dropped out of a tie with Golden State for the best record in the Western Conference.

Denver was without forward Paul Millsap, sidelined by right ankle soreness, and the Nuggets were also missing Gary Harris (right adductor strain) and Jamal Murray (left ankle sprain). Denver looked sharp early, scoring 36 points in the first quarter, but the Nuggets managed only 19 in the second and trailed 68-55 at halftime.

''Regardless of how many bodies we had, we didn't defend at all,'' coach Michael Malone said. ''Andre Drummond completely dominated us all game. He's an outstanding player, but 14 points and eight rebounds is a really good game for most players, and he had that in the third quarter.''

Drummond's work was done after three quarters. None of the Pistons' starters played in the fourth, and the backups extended the lead.

Detroit's collapse against the Clippers began toward the end of the third, but that didn't happen this time. The Pistons were up 97-83 after three. Stanley Johnson then opened the fourth with a three-point play and a 3-pointer, and Luke Kennard added a 3 of his own to push the lead to 23.

DEPTH

Detroit's bench was outscored 80-17 in the loss to the Clippers, but the Pistons turned that around in a big way against the short-handed Nuggets. Detroit's reserves finished with a 60-28 edge. Johnson scored 21 points, and Langston Galloway added 18 for the Pistons. Kennard finished with 14.

''Tonight our bench was huge,'' Pistons coach Dwane Casey said. ''If we get that from them every night, we're not sitting here out of the playoff race. We're in the middle of the pack somewhere.''

The Pistons trail Miami by 1 1/2 games for the last playoff spot in the East.

FIZZLING OUT

The Nuggets scored nearly a quarter of their points in the first 5 1/2 minutes. They led 25-18 after a 3-pointer by Malik Beasley - but their offense slowed considerably after that.

''We were missing shots, so they were running, and then they killed us on the glass,'' Beasley said. ''They've got Andre and Blake and Zaza (Pachulia), so they are going to be tough, but we weren't making it hard enough for them.''

TIP-INS

Nuggets: All five Denver starters scored in double figures, led by Monte Morris with 18 points. Beasley and Nikola Jokic had 16 each.

Pistons: Drummond surpassed his previous season high of 26 points. ... Detroit also set a season best with 32 assists, and the 60 points by the bench marked a season high.

UP NEXT

Nuggets: Visit the Brooklyn Nets on Wednesday night.

Pistons: Visit the New York Knicks on Tuesday night.

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Key Players
N. Jokic
15 C
B. Griffin
23 PF
36.6 Min. Per Game 36.6
26.2 Pts. Per Game 26.2
5.3 Ast. Per Game 5.3
8.2 Reb. Per Game 8.2
50.6 Field Goal % 47.5
50.6 Three Point % 47.3
84.5 Free Throw % 76.0
  Defensive rebound by Jon Leuer 0:07
  Brandon Goodwin missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:10
  Defensive rebound by Jon Leuer 0:37
  Torrey Craig missed floating jump shot 0:40
  Defensive rebound by Tyler Lydon 0:47
+ 2 Brandon Goodwin made driving layup, assist by Trey Lyles 1:06
  Juancho Hernangomez missed free throw 1:19
  Unsportsmanlike technical foul 1:19
  Offensive foul on Jon Leuer 1:19
  Offensive foul on Jon Leuer 1:19
  Defensive rebound by Stanley Johnson 1:29
Team Stats
Points 103 129
Field Goals 41-92 (44.6%) 48-88 (54.5%)
3-Pointers 9-28 (32.1%) 16-37 (43.2%)
Free Throws 12-22 (54.5%) 17-20 (85.0%)
Total Rebounds 47 57
Offensive 10 16
Defensive 22 37
Team 15 4
Assists 28 32
Steals 10 8
Blocks 3 8
Turnovers 13 20
Fouls 19 20
Technicals 0 2
15 PTS, 11 REB, 6 AST
27 PTS, 12 REB, 3 AST
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away team logo Nuggets 37-16 36192820103
home team logo Pistons 23-29 34342932129
Team Stats
away team logo Nuggets 37-16 109.1 PPG 47.7 RPG 24.0 APG
home team logo Pistons 23-29 98.0 PPG 42.3 RPG 23.0 APG
Key Players
T. Lyles PF PPG RPG APG FG%
A. Drummond C 17.3 PPG 15.6 RPG 1.4 APG 53.3 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Lyles PF 20 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
A. Drummond C 27 PTS 12 REB 3 AST
44.6 FG% 54.5
32.1 3PT FG% 43.2
54.5 FT% 85.0
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Morris 18 2 3 8/13 2/5 0/0 4 34 0 0 0 0 2 -21 26
N. Jokic 16 3 4 7/17 0/3 2/3 4 25 3 0 3 1 2 -16 27
M. Beasley 16 3 1 6/13 3/5 1/1 3 30 1 0 0 2 1 -21 22
M. Plumlee 15 11 6 6/11 0/1 3/8 2 32 2 0 6 4 7 -14 34
W. Barton 10 3 7 3/9 1/2 3/4 0 29 1 1 3 0 3 -16 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Morris 18 2 3 8/13 2/5 0/0 4 34 0 0 0 0 2 -21 26
N. Jokic 16 3 4 7/17 0/3 2/3 4 25 3 0 3 1 2 -16 27
M. Beasley 16 3 1 6/13 3/5 1/1 3 30 1 0 0 2 1 -21 22
M. Plumlee 15 11 6 6/11 0/1 3/8 2 32 2 0 6 4 7 -14 34
W. Barton 10 3 7 3/9 1/2 3/4 0 29 1 1 3 0 3 -16 26
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Lyles 20 4 3 8/13 2/6 2/3 0 29 1 1 1 0 4 -15 31
J. Hernangomez 6 4 1 2/6 1/3 1/3 1 22 2 0 0 2 2 -14 14
B. Goodwin 2 0 2 1/5 0/2 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 +3 6
T. Lydon 0 2 1 0/1 0/0 0/0 1 8 0 0 0 1 1 -7 4
T. Craig 0 0 0 0/4 0/1 0/0 4 21 0 1 0 0 0 -9 1
P. Millsap - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Thomas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Harris - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Welsh - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Murray - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Vanderbilt - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Porter Jr. - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 103 32 28 41/92 9/28 12/22 19 235 10 3 13 10 22 -130 191
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Drummond 27 12 3 12/14 0/0 3/3 4 25 0 3 2 6 6 +16 46
B. Griffin 17 7 4 6/8 1/1 4/5 1 23 0 1 5 2 5 +12 28
R. Jackson 14 1 4 6/11 2/5 0/0 2 22 0 0 1 0 1 +4 22
R. Bullock 11 4 4 4/9 3/7 0/0 2 26 2 0 1 1 3 +7 24
B. Brown 0 2 1 0/3 0/3 0/0 1 13 0 0 0 1 1 -1 4
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
A. Drummond 27 12 3 12/14 0/0 3/3 4 25 0 3 2 6 6 +16 46
B. Griffin 17 7 4 6/8 1/1 4/5 1 23 0 1 5 2 5 +12 28
R. Jackson 14 1 4 6/11 2/5 0/0 2 22 0 0 1 0 1 +4 22
R. Bullock 11 4 4 4/9 3/7 0/0 2 26 2 0 1 1 3 +7 24
B. Brown 0 2 1 0/3 0/3 0/0 1 13 0 0 0 1 1 -1 4
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
S. Johnson 21 7 2 7/10 4/5 3/3 3 24 2 1 0 1 6 +14 35
L. Galloway 18 1 1 6/13 3/8 3/3 1 24 2 0 2 0 1 +20 21
L. Kennard 14 4 4 5/9 2/5 2/2 0 23 0 0 2 1 3 +22 24
Z. Pachulia 4 8 2 1/3 0/0 2/4 3 18 0 2 3 3 5 +11 15
I. Smith 3 4 5 1/6 1/2 0/0 2 20 2 1 3 0 4 +25 17
J. Leuer 0 2 0 0/0 0/0 0/0 1 3 0 0 1 0 2 -1 1
K. Thomas 0 1 1 0/2 0/1 0/0 0 8 0 0 0 1 0 +4 3
J. Calderon 0 0 1 0/0 0/0 0/0 0 5 0 0 0 0 0 -3 2
K. Lucas - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Robinson III - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
I. Whitehead - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 129 53 32 48/88 16/37 17/20 20 234 8 8 20 16 37 +130 242