The Pistons took an early lead after one quarter while Lawson started the game by missing his first few shots for Denver. After the bench gave the Nuggets a boost, Lawson went on to lead his team to the win with 26 points, seven assists and four steals.
Detroit hung around throughout the second half but could never overcome the six-point halftime deficit. Jason Maxiell led the Pistons with 18 points, six rebounds and six blocked shots. Point guard Brandon Knight added 20 points and five assists for Detroit.
Denver's bench continues to play a big role in their wins of late, combining to score 42 points thanks to 15 points from Corey Brewer and 12 points from JaVale McGee. The Pistons countered with 33 points of the bench, including 17 points from Rodney Stuckey, but it wasn't enough to beat the Nuggets.