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Pistons vs. Nuggets final score: Shorthanded Pistons fizzle down the stretch, 103-92

The Pistons raise Chauncey's jersey, but drop to the Nuggets

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The Pistons were already without a pair of starters in Ersan Ilyasova and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. And a couple reserves in Reggie Bullock and Spencer Dinwiddie. Then Reggie Jackson turned up sick too.

Yep, this team's ready for the All-Star break.

They held on well with the Nuggets before the healthier team pulled away down the stretch.

It was just a one point game with only seven minutes remaining, but a flurry from Denver managed to put the Pistons away. A three point shot and offensive rebound seemed to lead to a couple of poor defensive stops. Before you know it, it's a 10-point lead with three minutes left.

Detroit's depth was sorely missed, but that doesn't mean the replacements didn't step up. Brandon Jennings filled in for a sick Reggie Jackson by looking like a legitimate starter, scoring 16 points on 6-of-12 shooting including four 3-point shots.

The highlights probably came at halftime, when the Pistons raised Chauncey Billups' number 1 jersey to the rafters. As many goosebumps as Ben Wallace's jersey retirement raised, even more came up tonight as many folks got their practice run out of the way.

And Billups, man. We watch this team because we like the game, we take pride in our midwestern roots, feel like that whatever we do these days, that this team represents a part of the way we've lived. And Chauncey validated that. He made us fans such a special part of his day. That was really cool.

Then on the court, Darrun Hilliard took a career high 26 minutes and was excellent with 9 points and 6 assists. In perhaps his final game before Kentavious Caldwell-Pope returns from injury, he took advantage of his opportunity to make a case for staying in the rotation.

Stanley Johnson didn't though. He was just 5-of-16 shooting and had 4 turnovers. And Andre Drummond was again an inefficient player in the middle - and it wasn't because of free throws. He shot just 7-22, but offered nice numbers elsewhere with 17 rebounds, 5 blocks, and 3 steals.

Pistons hit the All Star break at .500. It's not the worst All-Star break they've had considering their last half decade, but it's still a bit disappointing.

Cheers to better days down the stretch.

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