Detroit Pistons rally, beat Denver Nuggets 128-123 in overtime
By NOAH TRISTER
AP Sports Writer
DETROIT — It took Detroit just over half a quarter to fall behind by 21. Then the Pistons rallied almost as quickly.
“We came out as flat as a pancake,” coach Dwane Casey said. “But the second group came in and played.”
Bruce Brown had 19 points, 10 rebounds and eight assists, and fellow reserve guard Reggie Jackson scored 20 points to lift the Pistons to a 128-123 overtime victory over the Denver Nuggets on Sunday. Andre Drummond added 21 points and 17 rebounds for Detroit, which snapped a five-game losing streak.
It was the 400th career double-double for the 26-year-old Drummond. Only Dwight Howard, who was 25, has reached that milestone at a younger age.
Nikola Jokic had 39 points, 11 assists and 10 rebounds for Denver.
It was an impressive day for Detroit’s younger players. Brown, who is in his second NBA season, played the most of anyone on the Pistons. Rookie Sekou Doumbouya scored all 17 of his points in the first half to help Detroit dig out of its early hole.
Drummond put the Pistons ahead to stay with a dunk early in overtime, and Brown added a 3-pointer that made it 116-112. Drummond fouled out with 2:43 left, but Detroit was able to hold on.
Jokic made a 3-pointer with 29.4 seconds left that made it 126-123, but Thon Maker answered with an alley-oop dunk from Tony Snell at the other end to push the lead to five with 16.5 seconds left.
“When that last lob went up to Thon, I did hold my breath,” Casey said. “Time, score, situation — but he made it, so it worked out.”