Webber paces Pistons past Nuggets
Denver, CO (Sports Network) – Chris Webber had 20 points and nine rebounds to
lead the Detroit Pistons past the Denver Nuggets, 95-82, at the Pepsi Center.
Rasheed Wallace finished with 17 points, 10 rebounds and five assists for the
Pistons, who snapped a two-game losing streak. Chauncey Billups netted 16
points and Richard Hamilton added 14.
Allen Iverson finished with a team-best 19 points but was just 5-of-13 from
the field for Denver, which has dropped three of four. Carmelo Anthony, who
missed the team’s last game after the birth of his son, ended with 17 points
and seven rebounds.
The clubs fought to a 47-47 halftime tie, but Detroit outperformed Denver
27-15 in the third quarter to gain control.
Neither team was able to gain a healthy separation early in the stanza, but
the Pistons ripped off a 19-5 run to turn a three-point advantage into a 72-55
Billups scored four straight points to push the lead to double digits, then
after a Nene layup, Tayshaun Prince nailed a three-pointer to make it 66-55
with 3:46 on the clock. That was the start of nine straight points for the
road team, which Antonio McDyess polished off with a jumper.
After three quarters, Detroit led 74-62.
The Nuggets trimmed the deficit to 80-74 with about seven minutes left in the
game after three straight three-pointers — the first by Iverson before Linas
Kleiza hit back-to-back treys.
Detroit rattled off the next six points of the game, however, to keep Denver
at arm’s length.
Detroit is 19-10 on the road this season and will also visit the Clippers,
SuperSonics, Trail Blazers and Suns on this current five-game road
swing…Denver is 16-17 at home on the year and will visit Sacramento on
Sunday before starting a three-game homestand.