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Detroit Pistons clinch Central Division with win over Miami Heat

Rookie Arron Afflalo had career highs of 15 points and seven rebounds as the Detroit Pistons clinched the NBA's Central Division title with a 85-69 victory over the Miami Heat on Thursday.
Detroit came in having lost three of four, and struggled against the hapless Heat, whoy dressed only nine players.
Reserve Jason Maxiell had 15 points for Detroit, while Chauncey Billups added 13 points and 11 assists.
Rookie Blake Ahearn, who came into the game with seven career points, led Miami with 15, but only two other players reached double figures.
Nuggets 118, Mavericks 105
At Denver, Carmelo Anthony scored 32 points and sparked the decisive run in the third quarter of Denver's win over sliding Dallas.
Allen Iverson added 31 points for the Nuggets, who won their fourth straight and moved one game behind the Mavericks in the Western Conference playoffs race.
The Nuggets' grand night was capped when forward Nene entered the game with 1:17 left, marking his return to the court 2 1/2 months after surgery to remove a malignant testicular tumor, and just over a month after undergoing chemotherapy.
The Nuggets also got 10 boards from Anthony and overcame a 30-point night by Josh Howard and 19 points and 15 assists from Jason Kidd.
Dallas fell to 1-1 since losing MVP Dirk Nowitzki indefinitely with knee and ankle injuries.


Updated : 2021-10-17 23:09 GMT+08:00