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Denver dealt the the #Pistons probably one of the biggest blows in quite some time as they narrowly escaped with a 116-115 victory at home over Detroit.

In a drama filled game, after the Pistons came back from a sluggish first quarter to come back from a 25 point deficit, it came down to Arron Afflalo taking it to the hole to get fouled.  Arron made the shot to put the Nuggets within one point of Detroit 114-115 with 5.6 seconds on the clock.  His free throw however missed, but JaVaile McGee rebounded the miss and dunked it home to put the Nuggets up 116-115.

Gordon had on last shot with 2 seconds left, but missed.  Making this game one of the toughest losses to most of us will remember in a while.

 Key Points:

  • Ben Gordon with his best game as a Detroit Piston carried the team on his back after taking his place in the starting lineup for and injured Rodney Stuckey.  Ben Gordon not only orchestrated the Pistons 31 point turnaround on his red hot shooting, but tied a league record of NINE consecutive made three-point shots.
Ben Gordon vs Celtics

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Gordon put up 45 points with 21 on then coming in the second quarter alone and 27 at the half.  Ben was 13-for-22, making 10-for-11 from the line. He also had 8 assists on the night.

  • The Pistons have still never come back from a 25-point deficit to win.
  • Initially when McGee tipped in Afflalo’s miss all most of us watch could think was, “how do you not box out?”  After seeing the replay, you notice that Greg Monroe slips and McGee gets by him.  Either way, it stings.

JaVale McGee: I just went hard and pushed Monroe under the rim and I was just wide open. I was trying not to goaltend it and I just dunked it. It was definitely exciting — my first game-winner.”

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  • Why didn’t the Pistons foul before letting Afflalo go to the basket for an and 1?
  • Bynum the first guard off the bench played well for Detroit.  Will, who hasn’t seen much playing time at all this season was quite Bynumite at time.  Bynum put up 10 points and six assists in 22 minutes. He had a huge backcourt steal he converted into a dunk for Jonas Jerebko to put the Pistons ahead by two with under 10 minutes to play.

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  • After the Pistons miserable first quarter in which they scored just 18 and gave up 40 points, it looked like it was over before the second quarter horn started.
  • Anyone miss Arron Afflalo?
  • Maxiell and Jerebko both had solid night with a few highlights themselves.
  • Curious to know how many of you that watch the game were surprised they called the foul on Gordon at the end of the game to send Afflalo to the line.
  • Ben Gordon with a fantastic night, too bad we haven’t seen more of these the last three seasons.
  • Gordon was just three points shy of his career high set more than five years ago.

Lawrence Frank on Ben Gordon: The guy was freakin’ off the charts. Not only did he make shots, he made plays. You can’t say enough positive adjectives about the job he did. He was phenomenal.”

  • The Pistons hit their first 11 shots from 3-point range and finished 14 of 18.
  • Highlights via NBA.com

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  • Tayshaun Prince, who was 2-for-9 finished with 6 points. Prince had a chance to add to the Pistons lead and basically put the game away with 12 seconds left on the clock, but he missed his jump-shot. If un-clutch is a word, Prince would be it this season. I’m really tired of the ball in his hands when the Detroit needs a bucket, because I can’t remember the last time he made one.
  • Monroe with 13 points and 11 boards.
  • Knight with 16 points and 4 assists.
  • This on is going to sting for a while. It’s sad that their effort, and an electric night from Ben Gordon had to end the way it did.