This game was pretty much decided in the second quarter.
The Nuggets bench outscored the Pistons bench 24-8. They shot 16 free throws, with just two attempts for the Pistons. They blocked six Pistons shots. They ran up a 14 point lead that the Pistons never even put a dent into.
Outside of that quarter, it was mostly competitive basketball. They even took a stab at un-deciding it in the fourth. Dwight Buycks worked himself into a groove, Stanley Johnson played some bully ball, and Andre Drummond had his only decent quarter on the offensive end.
They closed it to as few as six points, quite an accomplishment considering they trailed by as many as 26. But that second quarter was just too bad to overcome.
Buycks had a career high 22 points - he actually managed to surpass his prior career high with his second half scoring alone with 19 points after halftime. His previous high was 17 points.
Andre Drummond had pretty line of 21 points, 17 rebounds, 2 assists, a steal and three blocks, but he continues to struggle with his shooting. He shot 9-18 from the field with 3-8 from the free throw line, good for just a 49 percent true shooting percentage.
Nikola Jokic had a triple double with 23 points, 12 rebounds, and 10 assists.
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