The Pistons, who had lost 11 consecutive games before the game, faced the defending champion Golden Nuggets at home today. Golden Nuggets star Nikola Jokic was ejected in the second quarter, which had a major impact on the game. However, the Golden Nuggets still won 107:103. A narrow victory gave the Pistons their 12th consecutive loss.
Jokoki got into bad trouble against the Cavaliers yesterday, and the Nuggets ultimately lost to the Cavaliers and suffered a 4-game losing streak on the road. Today there was a continuous visit of Pistons. Jokoki received a technical foul in the first quarter, while head coach Michael Malone received two technical fouls and was ejected in the first.
At the end of the second quarter, Jokoki repeatedly showed his hands to the referee to signal that he had been fouled during the offense wave. As a result, the referee called him a technical foul and he could only leave the game in sadness. The Nuggets played very hard without their offensive core, but the Pistons stopped at the crucial moment. In the last 11 seconds, the Nuggets relied on Reggie Jackson to make two free throws to clinch the victory.
Jokoki played only 15 minutes, scoring 9 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists. Jackson scored a team-high 21 points, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope scored 20 points, and Michael Porter Jr. had 14 points and 11 rebounds. For the Pistons, No. 1 pick Cade Cunningham had the best performance, scoring 27 points, 9 assists and 3 steals.
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