March 21, 2012; Denver, CO, USA; Detroit Pistons shooting guard Ben Gordon (8) attempts a basket between Denver Nuggets shooting guard Arron Afflalo (6) and center Timofey Mozgov (25) during the first quarter of the game at the Pepsi Center. Mandatory Credit: Ron Chenoy-US PRESSWIRE

Pistons Vs. Nuggets: Ben Gordon Scores 45 Points, Detroit Loses 116-115

Ben Gordon scored 45 points, but he only scored three in the fourth quarter and the Pistons blew a three-point lead with five seconds remaining in the game.

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Pistons Vs. Nuggets Final Score: Ben Gordon Scores 45 But Detroit Loses, 116-115

The Detroit Pistons lost their third straight game on Wednesday night, falling to the Denver Nuggets in a shootout, 116-115.

The Pistons trailed by as many as 25 points in the first quarter, but came all the way back to take a tie game into the fourth quarter behind 42 points from Ben Gordon. Yes, 42 points from Ben Gordon through three quarters.

The Pistons managed to lose despite having a three-point lead with five seconds remaining in the game. Gordon inexplicably fouled Arron Afflalo when he was going for a layup that would've cut the lead to one, but instead was provided a free opportunity to tie the game by completing a three-point play.

The potential three-point play turned into a four-point play, though, when Afflalo's missed free throw was tipped back by Javale McGee, who wasn't even close to being boxed out. The Pistons had one last opportunity to win, but Gordon missed a long two.

Gordon was just 1-for-5 shooting in the fourth and finished with 45 points. He tied an NBA record for three-pointers without a miss by hitting all nine of his tries. It's the second time he's done it in his career. He also had eight assists

Greg Monroe finished with a double-double with 13 points and 11 assists.

The Pistons return home for a game against the Heat on Friday before hitting the road again for four more.

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Pistons Vs. Nuggets Score Update: Detroit Down Just 5 At Half After Giving Up 40 In First Quarter

The Detroit Pistons are playing without Rodney Stuckey on Wednesday night and it appeared to be a major problem in the first quarter. Denver went off on the Pistons for 40 points and took a 22-point lead into the second behind 84-percent shooting. Despite leading by as many as 24 points, the Pistons are down just five at the half, 62-57.

In the second quarter, Stuckey's replacement went off himself. Ben Gordon scored 21 of his game-high 27 points, including 5-for-5 from beyond the arc to help bring the Pistons all the way back to within five five. Will Bynum, who hasn't played since February 28, added 10 points off the bench.

Detroit is shooting 52-percent and has seven extra freebies to keep them in this game.

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Pistons Vs. Nuggets: Detroit Heads To Mile High City To Face Injured Nuggets

The Detroit Pistons will look to snap a two game losing streak at the end of a road trip in the Mile High City against the Denver Nuggets on Wednesday.

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