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NBA GAME OF THE DAY

Detroit defeats Denver for fourth consecutive victory

The Nuggets have lost consecutive games for just the second time this season after winning four straight and eight of 10.

December 11, 2009

Auburn Hills, Mich. — Charlie Villanueva scored 27 points, and Rodney Stuckey had 26 to help the banged-up Detroit Pistons hold on for a 101-99 victory over former teammate Chauncey Billups and the Denver Nuggets on Thursday night.

Billups missed a layup in the final seconds, allowing the Pistons to run their winning streak to a season-best four games.

Carmelo Anthony scored 40 points for Denver, Billups had 21 and reserve J.R. Smith had 14. The Northwest Division-leading Nuggets have lost consecutive games for only the second time this season after winning four straight games and eight of 10.

Anthony scored 30-plus points for the 14th time this season, one more than all of last season.

Detroit led 52-50 at halftime after 15 lead changes and nine ties.

-- associated press

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