Pistons 103, Bucks 89
Almost everybody was hitting shots for the Detroit Pistons and
almost no one was hitting them for the Milwaukee Bucks.
Rodney Stuckey had 18 points and seven assists, Richard Hamilton
contributed 15 points and nine assists and the Pistons beat the
Bucks 103-89 on Friday night.
Charlie Villanueva added 15 points and eight rebounds for
Detroit, which had seven players score in double figures. The
Pistons shot 56 percent from the field.
”This was probably one of our funnest games of the season. I
think everybody was into it, everybody shared the ball,” Hamilton
said. ”Everybody was making the extra pass and things like that.
When we do that, the game is fun for everybody.”
Tayshaun Prince had 14 points, Will Bynum a season-high 13, Ben
Gordon 11 and Jason Maxiell 10.
Brandon Jennings had 25 points and six assists for Milwaukee,
which lost its fifth straight.
The Bucks only shot 38.6 percent, missing several layups and
open shots throughout the game.
”We had whatever we wanted tonight, we just had to execute,”
Jennings said. ”… The main thing is we need to put the ball in
He was also taxed by guarding point guards Stuckey and Bynum,
who both took Jennings into the post and ran him into screens.
”I was trying to establish (posting up) early. When the game
started, I got down there and got some assists,” Stuckey said.
”Guarding other point guards, always coming off pick-and-rolls,
you get tired. You keep going with it. Jennings is a great player
and fortunately, we won tonight.”
Detroit capitalized on the absence of Andrew Bogut, who missed
his second game because of a sore back.
”Bogut is an All-Star type of player,” Pistons coach John
Kuester said. ”Not having him allowed our availability to get to
the basket. He’s an outstanding basketball player.”
The Bucks, who also got 14 points and 11 rebounds from Ersan
Ilyasova, have struggled offensively for much of the season but had
played well defensively. That wasn’t case Friday night.
”We weren’t sharp … right from the beginning,” Milwaukee
coach Scott Skiles said. ”I could see we were a couple of steps
Jennings’ driving lay-in cut the Bucks’ deficit to nine points,
73-64, with 46 seconds left in the third. But Hamilton’s jumper
with 32 seconds left pushed Detroit’s advantage back into double
Detroit led by as much as 23 in the fourth quarter.
Drew Gooden’s jumper with 10:43 left in the third pulled
Milwaukee to 55-50. But Maxiell’s reverse layup, Prince’s jumper, a
floater by Hamilton and a scoop shot by Ben Wallace gave the
Pistons a 63-50 advantage with 7:51 remaining in the period.
NOTES: Villanueva formerly played with the Bucks. … Milwaukee
general manager John Hammond was formerly Detroit’s vice president
of basketball operations. … Detroit F Tracy McGrady left the game
in the first half with soreness in his right leg and did not
return. … Milwaukee F Corey Maggette surpassed 12,000 points.