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.