Pistons vs. Nuggets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

Pistons vs. Nuggets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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Pistons vs. Nuggets: Play-by-play, highlights and reactions

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The Detroit Pistons (11-35) play against the Denver Nuggets (21-21) at Ball Arena

Game Time: 8:00 PM EST on Sunday January 23, 2022

Detroit Pistons 111, Denver Nuggets 117 (Final)

What’s the buzz on Twitter?

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Austin Rivers tonight on the “dangerous” Pistons: “They have guys fighting for contracts. They have guys trying to prove themselves. When you’re a team like that, you go into each game just loose. I mean, what’s the worst that’s going to happen? Lose? They’ve been doing that.” pic.twitter.com/k8RG62f5dV1:11 AM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The Nuggets are as many losses away from the 3 seed as they are the 10 seed. Firmly in the playoff field before the beginning of this road trip. – 12:40 AM
Chris Dempsey @chrisadempsey
I usually don’t go this route without a much bigger sample size, but the #Nuggets and Boogie Cousins should be a rest-of-the-season thing. Immediately love what he brings to the table from a toughness standpoint, and his willingness to play a role and help younger players. – 12:15 AM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Defense led to offense, which led to tonight’s @BallCorpHQ Bucket of the Game!
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/eyzzoGIY2x12:10 AM

Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
That’s what we’re striving for
@PriorityHealth | @Cory Joseph pic.twitter.com/6Oe1psEeQr12:05 AM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
OVer the last 10 games, the Nuggets have the 3rd-best offensive rating in the league with a mark of 117.4 and the 7th-best net rating at +5.6.
They are rediscovering their offensive rhythm and quickly. It helps that Jokic is on another level, but many players are stepping up. – 11:55 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
DeMarcus Cousins practiced yesterday with the #Nuggets for the first time. Said he was watching Malone closely.
“I’m like, man, Mike, you kinda lost it. I’m used to the Mike that’s vein popping out the side of his head, freaking out on the sidelines.” – 11:49 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Similarly to Austin Rivers, Boogie was really entertaining to listen to, very candid. Said it felt like he “had two cement blocks” strapped to his feet.
He will get better. Said it was really nice to be back with “Mike Malone.” – 11:46 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Asked if Malone recruited Boogie to Denver, Cousins, with a glint in his eye, said: “I don’t know what you’re talking about.” – 11:42 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Wasn’t always pretty, but a win is a win!
#MileHighBasketball
nba.com/nuggets/news/n…11:40 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Alright Nuggets fans, gonna do a Stiffs Mailbag tonight after recording Pickaxe and Roll.
Send me your Nuggets questions! Be gentle! – 11:33 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The Nuggets now move to 18-5 against sub .500 teams on the season.
They are 6-16 against +.500 teams, which speaks to more a talent disparity than anything else…naturally. – 11:27 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone on DeMarcus Cousins: “I know what he’s been through. This guy after playing really well in Milwaukee was sitting at home waiting for his phone to ring. That’s crazy to me. I don’t know if people are scared of him or what. But I’m not scared of him. I love him.” – 11:20 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Cory Joseph on three-guard lineup to finish games: “We can be very effective with multiple ball-handlers.”
He noted Killian Hayes’ defense as being “elite.” – 11:20 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Cory Joseph on taking care of the ball: “Nobody’s going out there trying to turn over the ball … we definitely have to be better at that. Today, we didn’t do as well, which came back to bite us.” – 11:19 PM
Mike Prada @MikePradaNBA
Joel Embiid is playing more like Nikola Jokic than ever before. – 11:16 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Austin Rivers on Forbes addition: “I didn’t take is personally.”
Said they do different things and didn’t seem fazed at all. – 11:14 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
It is a never ending joy to have Austin Rivers in this locker room. Y’all don’t get it. He’s just fantastic. – 11:13 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Austin Rivers on DeMarcus Cousins: “He’s gonna be big for us … He’s gonna be a problem.”
Said he’s already helped this team, grabbing guys, using his voice, etc.
Said Boogie is another guy who’s seen it all in this league. Said he’s a good guy to listen to. – 11:12 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
“I know what he’s been through,” said Michael Malone, who praised DeMarcus Cousins’ defense.
“This guy, after playing really well in Milwaukee, was just sitting at home waiting for his phone to ring. That’s crazy to me.”
denverpost.com/2022/01/23/nik…11:07 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
34 PTS | 9 REB | 8 AST
Just another night at the office for the MVP 🃏 pic.twitter.com/1OEDhVMHz711:05 PM

Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
Add another 15+ game to @Cade Cunningham‘s resume 📝
@BELFORGroup | #NBARooks pic.twitter.com/M8cZ8GvkNs10:57 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
I also asked Michael Malone about Will Barton, and coach noted that Barton has had to wear many hats and play different roles throughout his tenure in Denver.
Monte was struggling with Cory Joseph, and Will stepped up to get a big steal, demanding that assignment be switched. – 10:55 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Dwane Casey on mid-range jumpers: “There’s no debate whether you take that shot or not. If it’s open, you take that shot.” – 10:52 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Casey said he wouldn’t mind more mid-range shots. “We’re nowhere near the number (he wants).” Praised Cade and Isaiah for taking and making those. – 10:52 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Dwane Casey on Isaiah Stewart: “He did as admirable a job as you can do against him.”
He said Stewart has the license to shoot the jumpers when he’s open. – 10:51 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Michael Malone gave a lot of praise to the bench uni and Austin Rivers tonight. Said he had a conversation with Austin yesterday about his DNP against Memphis.
Malone said that it wasn’t his job to make every player happy, that he has to make tough decisions to win games. – 10:51 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Dwane Casey on fighting back in 4Q, citing 22 turnovers for 28 pts: “We’re getting to the point where close only counts in horseshoes and hand grenades.” – 10:51 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Final numbers from the W 📊 pic.twitter.com/mpJx28GKEx10:51 PM

Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Casey said he liked the three-guard lineup with Cunningham, Hayes and Joseph at the end. “Killian did a good job of playing off the ball. His defense was solid. And Cade played well off the ball too. It takes the pressure off of everybody when you have multiple ball handlers.” – 10:50 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Dwane Casey on Killian Hayes: “I like our three-guard lineup. Killian’s big enough where he’s a 1, 2 or 3.” – 10:49 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Casey on the loss: “They’re a very good team. I’m taking nothing away from the Nuggets. Twenty-turnovers … we shot ourselves in the foot.”
Mentioned the moving the screens, throwaways. – 10:49 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Dwane Casey: “To build our program the way we want to build it, we have to value the ball.” – 10:49 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
3️⃣ observations tonight:
1️⃣ We’re heading home after a 4-game road trip
2️⃣ @Killian Hayes‘s new role (for now)
3️⃣ @Rodney McGruder‘s recent play
@Keith_Langlois 🗞️ : on.nba.com/3KBD99o10:49 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Casey: “They’re a very good team and taking nothing away from the Nuggets, but we shot ourselves in the foot.” – 10:49 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Dwane Casey on 22 turnovers: “That’s the game. They’re a very good team, taking nothing away from them, but we shot ourselves in the foot.” – 10:48 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Malone said he met with Austin Rivers yesterday and had a great chat with him re. the rotations. He reiterated his job is to win games, not keep 17 guys happy.
“Austin’s a pro.” – 10:47 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone on DeMarcus Cousins: “He’s a tough cat. He’s not going to back down.” – 10:45 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Winner’s Lounge is live! RT and come join.
✅ Jokic better be player of the week
✅ Boogie makes his debut
✅ New bench
youtube.com/watch?v=IVYVR5…10:44 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Isaiah Stewart said they’re making progress, but it’s about fighting back and when they put themselves in a hole, how they’re going to react. – 10:42 PM
TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
I’ll have a new story up on @Colorado_Play tomorrow outlining the Nuggets upcoming six-game road-trip.
This could be a big stretch for Denver. They have some tough games on the second night of back-to-backs but also some winnable games.
Keep an eye out for my story tomorrow. – 10:41 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Isaiah Stewart: “We gave it away. We had 22 turnovers. They scored 28 points off of those. We shot ourselves in the foot. … We take away some of those turnovers, we’re in a different position.” – 10:41 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Fought off the Sunday Scaries 😅
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/lwhehpNmxB10:37 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Other than Jokic, Monte Morris might be the player the Nuggets need most on offense. When he’s off, Denver struggles.
Monte was just 1/9 today and 0/2 from 3. – 10:37 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
Round 2 on Tuesday at our crib.
🔹 @Isaiah Stewart: 18 PTS / 3 REB / 1 AST / 8-8 FG
🔹 @Cade Cunningham: 18 PTS / 5 REB / 8 AST
🔹 @Cory Joseph: 18 PTS / 3 REB / 6 AST / 7-9 FG
🔹 @TreyLyles: 18 PTS / 5 REB / 1 AST / 6-11 FG pic.twitter.com/HOqdn1gSF110:35 PM

John Schuhmann @johnschuhmann
The Pistons may have just come up with an ingenious play for when you’re down 4 in the closing seconds… Have a screener try to draw a foul as his teammate is shooting a 3.
Unfortunately, Cunningham was a second late with his release here… pic.twitter.com/CyzwXBiebi10:34 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Final rotations for the Nuggets as they eek out a win over the Pistons.
-Jokić seals the game at the FT line, finishes with 34-9-8 on 19 shots
-When starters scored 70+ and bench scores 30+, DEN usually wins.
-Bench unit was better! Against Detroit. Still better! pic.twitter.com/hvumkSowN610:34 PM

TJ McBride @TJMcBrideNBA
Nikola Jokic is on another planet right now. This might be the best 5-game stretch of his career and it’s with the most decimated the roster has been. – 10:34 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
FINAL: Nuggets 117, Pistons 111. Detroit tied the game at 111 with 1:15 to play, but committed 3turnovers in the final minute. Tough end to an otherwise strong outing.
Cunningham: 18 points, 8 assists, 5 rebounds
Joseph: 18 points, 6 assists
Stewart: 18 points
Lyles: 18 points – 10:33 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Nikola Jokic’s last 5 games:
17-12-13 58% FG
25-15-14 56% FG
49-14-10 64% FG
26-11-12 69% FG
34-9-8 63% FG – 10:32 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Final: #Nuggets 117, #Pistons 111
Cunningham: 18 pts, 5 rebs, 8 assts
Joseph: 18 pts, 6 assts
Lyles: 18 pts, 5 rebs
Stewart: 18 pts – 10:32 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets eek one out over the Pistons behind a 34-point, 9-rebound, 8-assist night from Nikola Jokic. Next up: a 6-game 9-day road trip beginning Tuesday in Detroit. – 10:32 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
FINAL: Nuggets 117, Pistons 111
Cade Cunningham: 18 points, 8 assists and 5 rebounds
Isaiah Stewart: 18 points
Cory Joseph: 18 points, 6 assists
Trey Lyles: 18 points and 5 rebounds
Saddiq Bey: 11 points, 7 rebounds – 10:31 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Isaiah Stewart fouls out at 17.7 4Q
18 pts is two off his career high. – 10:28 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Isaiah Stewart just fouled out. He finishes with 18 points on a perfect 8-8 from the floor – 10:28 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Stew just fouled out. (Cory Joseph again tried to bait the ref into calling it on him.) – 10:28 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Some big-time plays down the stretch by Austin Rivers. On both ends of the floor. – 10:27 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
The Pistons have six turnovers in the fourth. If they lose, that’ll be the story of the game. Joseph and Bey have both committed turnovers during the last two Pistons possessions – 10:27 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Pistons challenging that OOB call. – 10:26 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
Change the overtime rules. I prefer sudden death, so that if the first team scores the other doesnt get a chance. This will prevent us from having to watch the Pistons for 5 more minutes. – 10:25 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Up by two.
40 seconds remaining…
Here. We. Go. – 10:25 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
This is what you want to see if you’re #Pistons GM Troy Weaver — a young, scrappy team that’s shorthanded — playing hard in Salt Lake City and Denver. – 10:24 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Man, the Nuggets are tryin to wear me out watching these games. – 10:20 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons have a 33-17 margin in 4Q, and they’re tied at 109, 1:45 left.
Whatever happens, these last two games have been big for their confidence. – 10:20 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
CoJo floater. Wow. 109-109 with 1:45 left.
Pistons have played hard all week on a tough road trip. Win or lose this one, this is how you’d want to see a young team end a long trip. – 10:20 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Pistons 109, Nuggets 109 with 1:45 to play. Pistons have refused to fade away and have weathered multiple Denver runs tonight. Bey just knocked down a pair of tough 3’s to keep Detroit in this – 10:20 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Pistons have outscored Denver 33-17 in this fourth quarter … and it’s tied at 109 with 1:45 left.
Don’t need to tell you guys. This movie, it’s been done before. – 10:20 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Saddiq Bey with back-to-back TOUGH 3s. He looked at the crowed and hit his chest. This is a great game. – 10:18 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons are doing a collective hoodrat exercise in this 4Q – 10:18 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Both Malone and Jokic are itching for Ts here late, and the #Nuggets can’t really afford one. Both have been barking on consecutive plays. – 10:18 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Not a good game for Monte today, but Will Barton sets up Nikola in the middle pick and roll instead. – 10:17 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Big-time Killian Hayes 3. Pistons down by three. – 10:17 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Nineteen turnovers for the Pistons and 22 Nuggets points. Killer. Pistons down five. – 10:16 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Casey is going with Cade, CoJo, Hayes, Bey and Stew out of timeout. I like it. – 10:14 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Michael Malone just went to halfcourt to try and engage the officials (presumably) on that AG foul call. You know who followed him there, just in case he needed it?
DeMarcus. – 10:12 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Nuggets 103, #Pistons 96, 5:06 4Q
It’s still a game. – 10:11 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
AG picks up a tech after getting called for a questionable offensive foul.
Ref telling Denver’s bench to back up/ chill out. – 10:10 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Aaron Gordon just collapsed on the floor when the referee gave him an offensive foul. Was assessed a tech.
Laughing very hard. – 10:10 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Rodney McBuckets has returned – 10:09 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
That was a STRONG move by Beef Stew. Took it right to Jokic’s chest and finished on the other side with the left.
He’s 8-of-8 for 18 points. His career high is 20 points. – 10:08 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Killian Hayes’ long 2 was upgraded to a 3 – 10:07 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
The 3-point play God, Trey Lyles, just had two of them in a row to cut the deficit to four – 10:06 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Trey Lyles is on a war path. He’s up to 17 points. Just got back-to-back and-1s.
Pistons now down just four. – 10:06 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Trey Lyles finishing through contact … who knew? – 10:06 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Now it’s Cousins + the starters minus Nikola. Nuggets only up 7. – 10:05 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Much better performance from Pistons bench to start 4Q. Hayes with a jumper. Pistons down 11 with 9:00 left. Cade is checking in. – 10:04 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Double techs on Boogie Cousins and Rodney McGruder.
That’s 5 player technicals in the game. – 10:03 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Boogie and McGruder had some words. A double tech for both. – 10:03 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
DeMarcus Cousins and Rodney McGruder exchange words. Double technicals handed out. – 10:03 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Double techs on DeMarcus Cousins and Trey Lyles. Had been brewing. – 10:02 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Reunited and it feels so good pic.twitter.com/kwi4eM1ZKW10:02 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
Of course, just the Pistons and all the requisite caveats, etc. … but Denver’s bench outscoring Detroit’s 41-20. – 9:59 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
I think it’s probably time to mention that the Pistons have a 4-20 win-loss record on the road in Denver. – 9:59 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
A pause in Nuggets coverage to say I hate the NFL overtime rules. – 9:57 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Few changes made for the Nuggets 2nd unit leads to a big run.
Staggering of lineups was a momentum shift, having a true Center out there with Demarcus Cousins puts pressure on the rim and opens things up for Facu Campazzo, and Bryn Forbes is knocking down shots. – 9:55 PM
Jamal Murray @BeMore27
Facu so quick y’all don’t understand🤣 – 9:55 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone just made a beeline straight for DeMarcus Cousins heading into that timeout. Pretty cool moment between the two. Cousins has given Denver great minutes in the second half. – 9:55 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
One quarter left to battle.
🔹 @Cade Cunningham: 17 PTS / 4 REB / 6 AST / 7-14 FG
🔹 @Isaiah Stewart: 16 PTS / 2 REB / 1 AST / 7-7 FG
🔹 @Cory Joseph: 12 PTS / 2 REB / 5 AST / 4-5 FG pic.twitter.com/TJbQsiOFih9:54 PM

Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Great stint by the new-look bench. Boogie, Facu, Forbes, Zeke, and Reed. Opened up a 16 point lead. – 9:54 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
Nuggets on a cool 17-3 run to finish the final 3 minutes of the third quarter – 9:54 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Denver had a 32-16 margin in 3Q.
Was tied at 60 at halftime. – 9:53 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
End of 3: Nuggets 92, Pistons 76. Denver closed the quarter with a 17-3 run. Casey may have to ride the starters the entire fourth just to have a chance at getting back in this.
Cunningham: 17 points, 6 assists
Stewart: 16 points, 7-7 shooting
Joseph: 12 points, 5 assists – 9:53 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
<redacted> with a layup at the buzzer, sprung by a Demarcus Cousins screen at halfcourt.
Michael Malone walks out to center court and gives a hug to Boogie.
Nuggets up 16 heading into the fourth. – 9:53 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
How about a 17-3 run to close that quarter from Denver’s second unit? – 9:53 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
END OF 3Q: Nuggets 92, Pistons 76. Just a disastrous last end to the quarter for the Pistons’ bench.
Cade Cunningham with 17 points, 6 assists and 4 rebounds
Isaiah Stewart with 16 points
CoJo has 12 points and 5 assists – 9:53 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
it’s a shame somebody has to lose this game. Trey Lyles and Zeke Nnaji have been awesome. – 9:51 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Yeah, the bench doesn’t have it tonight. Nuggets quickly extended the lead to 15 with the starters getting a blow. – 9:50 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Boogie’s on the board. Putback layup is his first bucket with the #Nuggets. – 9:49 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Boogie Cousins takes a charge on Rodney McGruder which is a fascinating Nuggets fan fiction. – 9:49 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
It appears I am the only person on Earth watching Nuggets-Pistons rn. – 9:48 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
I know that the Nuggets are playing but this Chiefs vs. Bills game is unbelievable. – 9:46 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Please, for the love of god, make Davon Reed a permanent fixture of the rotation. – 9:43 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Detroit just ripped that zone to shreds. Great ball movement. Led to a wide-open Cade 3.
Pistons trail by only two. – 9:42 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Some not great decisions by Will Barton in this quarter. – 9:40 PM
Rob Perez @WorldWideWob
big rebound for Cory Joseph, Pistons within 5. – 9:39 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
There have been louder cheers inside Ball Arena for Bills-Chiefs than Nuggets-Pistons – 9:39 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
My dreams are of 1-5 PnRs with Jokic and Murray, or it being Murray and MPJ waiting for feeds from a double-teamed Joker instead. Kickouts to open 38+% free throw shooters on volume… pic.twitter.com/O3VrtMckTe9:39 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets have 22 assists on 28 made field goals so far. Monte Morris has 6 helpers. Nikola Jokic has five. Will Barton has four. Denver’s ball movement has been great once again tonight. – 9:34 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Denver’s starters are defending really well in this zone. Only 4 points given up in just over 4 minutes. Pretty good. – 9:33 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Feels like this would be a much different game if the #Nuggets weren’t 5-of-18 from 3. Some of these have been WIDE open. – 9:29 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
And that baby will count! 🚨
@Cade Cunningham ties it at the buzzer. The rook dropped 14 at the break
@BallySportsDET | #NBAAllStar pic.twitter.com/qRGiFu9Ih39:28 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Isaiah Stewart has shown a whole bag tonight. – 9:28 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
hello there JOK3R – 9:28 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Nuggets have 36 of their 60 points in the first half from the paint.
They are just 4-of-14 from beyond the arc.
Denver needs some balance and has to find an outside shooter to take some pressure off of Jokic.
Pistons will surely pack the paint in the second half. – 9:21 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Numbers from the first 24 📊 pic.twitter.com/gGxQUHAty09:21 PM

Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
Not a great half for the Nuggets as they go into the halftime intermission tied at 60-60 with the Pistons.
Jokic is off to a great start with 18 points, 5 rebounds and 5 assists.
Gordon added 10 points.
On the other end, Isaiah Stewart & Cade Cunningham have 14 points. – 9:18 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Halftime rotations for the Nuggets as they’re tied at 60 with the Pistons:
-Nikola with 18-5-5
-Barton with just 10 minutes and 3 fouls, has 7 points on 3/3
-Bench has been fine, not great
-Cousins debut has been mostly down in 5 minutes thus far. Committed 3 fouls, 0/3 FG pic.twitter.com/ESKyLJifbM9:14 PM

Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
TIED AT THE BUZZER! Finished the second with an 18-8 run.
🔹 @Isaiah Stewart: 14 PTS / 1 AST / 6-6 FG
🔹 @Cade Cunningham: 14 PTS / 2 REB / 4 AST / 6-10 FG
🔹 @Cory Joseph: 8 PTS / 1 REB / 2 AST / 3-3 FG pic.twitter.com/l3JqMxzxvA9:13 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Michael Malone about two hours ago: “These games scare the hell out of me.”
Nuggets and Pistons tied at 60 at the half. – 9:12 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Cade glassed a middy to tie the game at 60 going into halftime. Really strong effort by the Pistons to get back in this. Trailed by 10, closed the half with an 18-8 run.
Cunningham: 14 points, 4 assists
Stewart: 14 points, 6-6 overall
Joseph: 8 points – 9:12 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
Half: #Pistons 60, #Nuggets 60
Cunningham: 14 pts, 4 assts
Stewart: 14 pts
Joseph: 8 pts
Lyles: 7 pts – 9:12 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Once up 10, the #Nuggets have breathed life into this Pistons team. Cunningham/Stewart with 28 combined.
Jokic/Gordon with 28, too.
Tied at 60 heading into the locker room. – 9:12 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
I’m sure I’ve said this before, but this might be the most gutsy/spirited first half the Pistons have played this year, and it comes on the last day of a seven-day trip.
Detroit has had an answer for every Denver run.
Tied game at 60 going into halftime. – 9:11 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Isaiah Stewart loves him some Dwane Casey. We talk about it on tomorrow’s pod, but there are a lot of things you can’t see unless in arena.
Stewart often puts his arm around Casey, always stares him in the eye. It’s interesting to watch. – 9:07 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Pistons are shooting 63% from the field. – 9:06 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons use a 9-0 run to get within 52-51 – 9:06 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Cade has six of Detroit’s last nine points, and the Pistons are down one. Looked like Denver was threatening to run away with this one – 9:06 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Cade Cunningham is cooking and the Pistons are now only down one. – 9:05 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Davon Reed BEGGING for the ball on that three. Broke the play and made it. Ballsy. – 9:03 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Cade Cunningham, already, is a tough-shot maker. – 9:02 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets‘ ball movement has been excellent so far tonight. Kick, kick, drive. They’re consistently ahead of Detroit’s rotations. Already with 15 assists in 19 minutes of action. – 9:02 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Bones Hyland (out with a non-COVID illness) is on the #Nuggets bench. – 8:58 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
That’s tough, @Zeke Nnaji
@WesternUnion | #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/yWfGJ1HPJW8:56 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Right after hitting a three, Will barton commits his third foul with 7:26 left.
Davon Reed replaces him, making 10. Fouls in seven seconds. – 8:55 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Three fouls in six minutes for DeMarcus Cousins. That’s the end of his first-half stint. – 8:52 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
DeMarcus Cousins picks up his third foul (this on a screen) in five minutes. He’s headed to the bench. – 8:51 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Zeke Nnaji playing really well today. Was fighting for offensive rebounds earlier and just hit a three. Need to see him fighting out there. – 8:46 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
DeMarcus Cousins getting more foul calls than Nikola Jokić in some games. – 8:43 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
🔥 Beef Stew heats up in Q1 with 1️⃣0️⃣ Points 🔥
4/4 from the field 👀
@BallySportsDET | @Isaiah Stewart pic.twitter.com/KBJAl5SJO38:43 PM

Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
🆙 🔝 after 1 in Denver.
🔹 @Isaiah Stewart: 10 PTS / 1 AST / 4-4 FG
🔹 @Hamidou Diallo: 5 PTS / 1 AST / 2-3 FG
🔹 @Cade Cunningham: 4 PTS / 1 REB / 3 AST pic.twitter.com/7XQlKPpADe8:42 PM

Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Demarcus looooves to screen. And I love it for him. Just needs to be screening for shooters – but Denver’s bench could use some more hard screens. – 8:42 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
My first takeaway from DeMarcus Cousins’ Nuggets debut: he sets some damn good screens. – 8:41 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Clunky end to that first quarter for the #Nuggets‘ bench unit. Cousins misses badly on his first attempt, misses both of his FTs then commits shooting foul on defense.
DET’s bench outscores Denver’s 8-5. – 8:40 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Denver scores zero points in the final 2:19 of the quarter without Nikola Jokić. – 8:40 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
END OF 1Q: Pistons 30, Nuggets 29
Isaiah Stewart: 10 points on 4-of-4 shooting
Hamidou Diallo: 5 points – 8:40 PM
Katy Winge @katywinge
DeMarcus Cousins is such a great screener. – 8:40 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
End 1Q: #Pistons 30, #Nuggets 29
Stewart: 10 pts
Diallo: 5 pts – 8:40 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
QB15 dropping some early dimes 🏈 pic.twitter.com/ulXDdhd07R8:36 PM

James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
A double block there from Killian Hayes and Josh Jackson – 8:36 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Alright, time to see what Boogie’s got. – 8:34 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
DeMarcus Cousins set to make his Denver Nuggets debut.
That felt weird to type. – 8:34 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Significant change to Michael Malone’s rotation tonight: Monte Morris is staggering with the second unit. He was the first sub of the game at around 7-minute mark of the first. Now, he’ll be playing with Denver’s bench at the end of the 1Q and start of the 2Q. – 8:33 PM
Gordon Gross @GMoneyNuggs
Austin Rivers and Facu are both shooting around 31% from three this year. There were no Pistons covering anyone other than Jokic on that foul he took. Glad Malone went to the bench to break up that combo. – 8:32 PM
Duvalier Johnson @DuvalierJohnson
DeMarcus Cousins is making his Nuggets debut.
Big moment for him as he could possibly make the roster with good momentum. – 8:32 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
If you needed somebody to take a first shot of the game, wouldn’t it be #Pistons Rodney McGruder? – 8:31 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Boogie Cousins to the scorer’s table. Here we go. – 8:31 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
A classic cut and Joker dime 😍 pic.twitter.com/Q8NuuQ5n8u8:30 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Killian Hayes checks in at 3:55 1Q – 8:30 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Rodney McGruder and Killian Hayes sub in – 8:29 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Malone just found (former Nugget) Rodney McGruder at the scorer’s table and dapped him up. – 8:28 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
So, to summarize what just happened:
1) Shot clock violation on DET
2) Ref waives off violation to call foul on Barton
3) Refs review, find that Barton fouled at 0.1
4) Barton assessed a technical
Sick – 8:28 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
The Pistons and Nuggets have played less than eight minutes. There have already been three technicals. – 8:27 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Looks like Isaiah Stewart is being looked at by the training staff on the bench. He took an awkward fall near the 3-point line before coming out. – 8:27 PM
Adam Mares @Adam_Mares
Those Jokic over the shoulder passes are some of my favorites. – 8:26 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Hamidou Diallo’s shot was after the shot clock expired, but officials are going to review whether the foul on Barton came before that. – 8:26 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Isaiah Stewart is heading to the locker room … didn’t look like there was a trainer with him, though. – 8:24 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
We’ve got some of @TheSuperMascot’s friends in the building to help celebrate his birthday! 🎉 pic.twitter.com/dQL6eyN1L08:23 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons coach Dwane Casey gets a technical foul … and I think Saddiq Bey got one too earlier. – 8:22 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Bryn Forbes checks in early replacing….Monte Morris.
Stagger? – 8:22 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Casey got a tech during the timeout. Not sure what happened. Pistons already have two techs, since Saddiq got whistled for one too – 8:22 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Hooper is here in Denver to celebrate Rocky’s birthday. If you didn’t know, they’re the NBA’s first father-son mascot duo … with @Nick Kosmider
theathletic.com/1630387/2020/0…8:22 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
5+ minutes into the game: Isaiah Stewart 10 points, Nikola Jokic 9 points.
I mean, 1v1, first to 50, wouldn’t not be entertaining. – 8:20 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Off the glaaaass
@BallCorpHQ | #MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/kbZuGXSj8b8:20 PM

Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Nuggets 15, #Pistons 14, 6:42 1Q
Stewart: 10 pts
Cunningham/Diallo: 2 pts each – 8:19 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Nuggets 15, Pistons 14 with 6:42 to play in the 1st. Stewart has 10 points on 4-4 shooting – 8:19 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Pistons are playing with good energy to start. Surprising given this is the last day of a seven-day trip out west. Can it maintain? Don’t turn the channel. – 8:19 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nikola Jokic has that look in his eye… – 8:19 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Isaiah Stewart is giving Nikola the WORK early. Seven quick points.
Nikola comes right back with a layup. – 8:18 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Super aggressive start for Isaiah Stewart. He has 10 of Detroit’s 14 points and just hit a 3 – 8:17 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Someone might want to get Jokic some help. Beef Stew is EATING right now. Ten points in three minutes, including a 3. – 8:17 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Isaiah Stewart looks like he wants to take the game right at Nikola Jokic.
He’s doing a good job so far. – 8:17 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Austin Rivers curls off a screen and gets the And-1 in the paint. Good job to get him moving early.
Misses the FT though. His FT% is bad this year. – 8:16 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets are force-feeding the ball inside so far. Hunting the Stewart-Jokic and Gordon-Bey matchups. – 8:16 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
On Isaiah Stewart’s free throw, Denver fan behind us: “I hate LeBron too!”
Yeah, this road trip is almost over. – 8:11 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
A fan screamed “I HATE LEBRON TOO” as Isaiah Stewart took that free throw lol – 8:11 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Cade-Stewart pick-and-roll to open. Stewart gets the bucket, plus the foul. – 8:11 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Very interested to see how Jokić handles a physical battle with isaiah Stewart tonight. He’ll probably be okay, but you’d like to see his assist number higher with a lot of movement and cuts IMO.
No Jeff Green makes the cutting prospect interesting. Gonna be a lot of threes. – 8:07 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
First 5️⃣ ballin’ at Ball Arena ⤵️
#Pistons | @Kia pic.twitter.com/YWiKTQKo3a7:44 PM

Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Cory Joseph is starting ahead of Killian Hayes tonight. Dwane Casey said before the game they’re being Hayes back slowly after missing a couple of games – 7:44 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
And we have our first starting lineup shakeup: Cory Joseph, Cade Cunningham, Hamidou Diallo, Saddiq Bey and Isaiah Stewart will start.
Killian Hayes will come off the bench in his return from hip issue. – 7:43 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons starters tonight at DEN: Joseph, Cunningham, Diallo Bey and Stewart.
Killian Hayes should play, but it looks like he’ll come off the bench. – 7:41 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The Nuggets just put on the jumbotron that tonight is Will Barton’s 448th game in a Nuggets uniform, which ranks 11th all-time.
Pretty cool. He’s as much a part of the culture as anyone. – 7:39 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Nuggets starters: Morris, Rivers, Barton, Gordon, Jokic – 7:38 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Part of Michael Porter Jr’s pregame workout tonight before Nuggets-Pistons. He’s ramping up, pretty quickly it feels like. pic.twitter.com/2JUduRSdUg7:37 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
The Nuggets have 10 players available tonight:
Starters – Morris, Rivers, Barton, Gordon, Jokić
Reserves – <redacted>, Forbes, Reed, Nnaji, Cousins – 7:36 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Starting 🖐️ vs. @Detroit Pistons
#MileHighBasketball pic.twitter.com/gJ1jO6Ftvt7:35 PM

Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
No Jamal Murray warmup today, but enjoy these Michael Porter Jr. shots instead. pic.twitter.com/qoaYgWHEeV7:30 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Bones Hyland is a late scratch tonight vs. Detroit. He’s out with a non-COVID illness. – 7:22 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
#Nuggets announce that Bones Hyland is out for tonight’s game with a non-COVID illness. – 7:22 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Bones Hyland (Non-COVID illness) is OUT for tonight’s game.
#MileHighBasketball7:21 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Markus Howard (non-COVID illness) is out tonight vs. Detroit, I’m told. – 7:17 PM
Jay Allen @PDXjay
The #Blazers lead the #Raptors 64-34 at the break. It’s the @Portland Trail Blazers‘ largest halftime lead since 11/12/14 at Denver (84-50). #RipCity7:14 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
DeMarcus Cousins debuts for Denver tonight. pic.twitter.com/Lycu5KXxXz7:05 PM

Dave McMenamin @mcten
Eight days after getting blown out by 37 in Denver, the Lakers are getting blitzed in Miami. They’re down 61-39 and the Heat are getting whatever they want on offense, shooting 10-for-15 from 3 with 28 points in the paint already. – 7:03 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Congratulations to tonight’s Sit in the Front Seat winners, Presented by Your Front Range @Toyota Stores!
Click the link below for your chance to win a pair of courtside seats to an upcoming game ⤵️
👉 https://t.co/zCf71rHh7e pic.twitter.com/cGM7jmhFJH6:59 PM

Michael Singer @msinger
After catching a DNP last game, don’t be surprised if Austin Rivers is back in the rotation, and likely the starting lineup, without Jeff Green and JaMychal Green available. – 6:50 PM
Ryan Blackburn @NBABlackburn
Getting the strong feeling that Austin Rivers will be in the starting lineup tonight, with Denver going smaller to replace Jeff Green. – 6:48 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
Tonight’s @HenryFordNews injury/status report against the Denver Nuggets: pic.twitter.com/CScIACzsPd6:46 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
JaMychal Green (Health and Safety Protocols) and Jeff Green (Left quadriceps contusion) are OUT for tonight’s game.
#MileHighBasketball6:46 PM
Tim Reynolds @ByTimReynolds
At least four points, five rebounds and seven assists in a quarter this season:
Nikola Jokic, 1st, 11/14
Kyle Lowry, 4th, 11/23
Dejounte Murray, 3rd, 1/19
Jimmy Butler, 1st, 1/23 – 6:45 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Casey on if there’s any weirdness for Rodney McGruder playing in Denver after the voided trade: “He’s a pro pro. A week ago he was sitting here ready to be a Denver Nugget … I don’t know if any other young man could handle it as well as McGruder has handle it.” – 6:38 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Dwane Casey on the Rodney McGruder situation: “He’s a pros pro. A week ago he was sitting here in Denver as a Nugget. He’s been nothing but the same. I don’t know if any other young man could handle the situation like he has.” – 6:38 PM
Rod Beard @detnewsRodBeard
#Pistons Dwane Casey said Killian Hayes will play tonight, but they’ll watch his minutes. – 6:38 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Dwane Casey said Killian Hayes will return tonight. “We’re going to bring him slowly and watch his minutes.” – 6:37 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Dwane Casey said Killian Hayes will play tonight, and they’ll bring him on slowly and watch his minutes – 6:37 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Dwane Casey said Saddiq Bey and Hamidou Diallo have taken advantage of the chaos of this season. – 6:35 PM
James Edwards III @JLEdwardsIII
Dwane Casey on Kelly Olynyk missing time due to COVID after just returning from injury: “you really feel for him. … A guy who is a basketball lifer, comes from a basketball family, it’s got to be tough to be from the game, teammates.” – 6:33 PM
Omari Sanfoka II @omarisankofa
Dwane Casey on Kelly Olynyk entering protocols: “You really feel, because I thought Kelly had played an excellent game in Sacramento … a guy who’s a basketball lifer like he is, from a basketball family, you know it’s gotta be tough on him.” – 6:33 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
After Malone shouted out “former Nugget” Trey Lyles, I asked him if Rodney McGruder constituted a “former Nugget.”
Malone: “Yeah, we’ve got a tribute video coming.” – 6:27 PM
Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
DeMarcus Cousins will play tonight, Michael Malone says. Will Barton will also play. Jeff and JaMychal Green are out. – 6:19 PM
Michael Singer @msinger
Michael Malone: Jeff Green and JaMychal Green are both out. Will Barton and DeMarcus Cousins are in.
Wouldn’t answer if DeMarcus would start.
“Gotta wait until 6 o’clock.” – 6:17 PM
StatMuse @statmuse
Jayson Tatum today:
51 PTS
10 REB
7 AST
18-28 FG
9-14 3P
He joins Damian Lillard, James Harden and Jamal Murray as the only players in NBA history with 50/10/5 and 9+ threes in a game, including playoffs. pic.twitter.com/mGqn87lvnJ5:41 PM

Micah Adams @MicahAdams13
Great to have the Detroit Lions back in the playoffs. – 5:38 PM
Matt Williams @StatsWilliams
Jayson Tatum is the 5th player in NBA history with 50 points, 10 rebounds and 9 3-pointers in a game. He joins…
Jamal Murray (2020 in playoffs)
Damian Lillard (2020)
James Harden (2016)
Kobe Bryant (2008) – 5:37 PM
Jorge Sierra @hoopshype
Apropos of nothing…
Before Nikola Jokic, the best 41st overall pick in NBA history was Cuttino Mobley.
Just to put in context what a massive get Jokic was. – 5:15 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
Display your #Pistons pride and grab our latest Item of the Game today!
🔗: https://t.co/88muXV4i6p pic.twitter.com/uIFa8q0KAO4:30 PM

Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Over/Under 27 assists for the squad tonight?
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#MileHighBasketball4:01 PM
Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 1982, the @Houston Rockets Elvin Hayes had 21 points and nine rebounds in a loss to the Nuggets, becoming the third player in NBA history to reach 15,000 career rebounds.
Hayes is currently fourth on the NBA’s all-time list with 16,279 career rebounds. pic.twitter.com/ytnfgSvjAZ4:01 PM

Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
Playing basketball a mile high tonight.
8PM ET | @BallySportsDET pic.twitter.com/NCOSmCd6jq3:13 PM

Justin Kubatko @jkubatko
📅 On this day in 2007, the @Denver Nuggets Allen Iverson scored 21 points in a win over the Sonics, surpassing 20,000 career points in the process.
The 6’0″ Iverson is the shortest player in NBA history to reach that mark, as well as the sixth-fastest player to do so (713 games). pic.twitter.com/qMus9nDOyy3:01 PM

Harrison Wind @HarrisonWind
Will Barton (right hamstring tightness) is probable tonight vs. Pistons. Jeff Green (quad contusion), JaMychal Green (health and safety protocols), Markus Howard (non-COVID illness) are all questionable. – 2:33 PM
Denver Nuggets @nuggets
Ahead of tonight’s game, take a look back at our top 3-pointers of the week 👌
#MtnDew3pt | @MountainDew pic.twitter.com/0GXyx2B2t52:20 PM

Fred Katz @FredKatz
Knicks could really use a win today. I imagine they’ll be underdogs in 9 of their next 10 games following this one:
@ CLE
@ MIA
@ MIL
v SAC
v MEM
@ LAL
@ UTA
@ DEN
@ GSW
@ POR
Not exactly an easy stretch. Knicks have second-hardest remaining strength of schedule in the NBA. – 2:06 PM
Detroit Pistons @DetroitPistons
One more for the road tonight before we head back home.
Drop a photo in our @UWMLife Reppin’ the D fan shoutout to show your support → https://t.co/js4XQ9JbRs pic.twitter.com/J2AElW7HiV2:00 PM

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