Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 12/11/12
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Ty Lawson poured in 26 points as the Denver Nuggets reached .500 with a 101-94 victory over the Detroit Pistons at The Palace on Tuesday night. Corey Brewer scored 15 and JaVale McGee chipped in 12, all in the first half. Denver (11-11) won its sixth straight over Detroit and swept the season series. The Nuggets are 2-2 on their five-game road trip, which ends in Minnesota on Wednesday. The Pistons (7-17) gave away a 17-point lead for the second straight home game while losing for the fourth time in five games. Jason Maxiell had a season-high 18 points and a career-high tying six blocks while Brandon Knight contributed 20 points and Rodney Stuckey added 17. Detroit, playing for the fourth game in five nights, out-rebounded the Nuggets 51-37 but couldn't overcome its 17 turnovers. Lawson scored 12 third-quarter points, including a runner just before the buzzer which gave Denver a 72-66 advantage. Brewer's third 3-pointer nudged the Nuggets' lead to eight, 82-74, with 6:44 remaining. The Pistons pulled within four but trailed throughout the half. The Nuggets led 48-42 at halftime after the Pistons started the game on a 21-4 run. McGee lit the spark with five dunks, including a strip of Greg Monroe and fast-break throwdown for Denver's first lead of the game, 41-39. The Nuggets finished the half with a 15-3 outburst. Maxiell had his six blocks by halftime, including three in the first seven minutes. After Detroit's early flurry, Denver ratcheted up the defensive pressure, forcing eight second-quarter turnovers while erasing the double-digit deficit. NOTES: The Pistons had a 14-game home winning streak against the Nuggets snapped two seasons ago. Denver didn't play at The Palace last season. ... Entering play Tuesday, the Nuggets led the NBA in offensive rebounding (14.5 per game) and points in the paint (53.9 per game), but they ranked 26th in 3-point shooting, which has sometimes offset their inside advantage. "If teams are going to let you get to the rim, we're going to take it to the rim," coach George Karl said. "If teams take the rim out, we've got to find the 3-ball. It's important to us, but we haven't found it as consistently as we'd like. We've got to trust in an NBA season, players will shoot what they normally shoot." ...Both teams have endured rugged early schedules. The Pistons have played more games than any other team, while the Nuggets have played 10 more games on the road than at home. ... Detroit rookie center Andre Drummond had seven rebounds in the previous three games after back-to-back 12-rebound performances. "Andre's game is totally based on energy and activity," coach Lawrence Frank said. "When he plays hard, he can make up for being out of position or not being in the proper coverage."
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