A lopsided victory over the lowly Milwaukee Bucks in November
gave the Detroit Pistons their first win streak this season. They
head into the rematch seeking to extend their second one of the
After beating one of the NBA’s top teams, the Pistons will
attempt to keep their momentum going by earning a third consecutive
road win over the Bucks, and Brandon Jennings will try to help in
his return to Milwaukee on Wednesday night.
A 107-97 victory at defending champion Miami might have given
the Pistons just the spark they need to move away from a lackluster
start. Kyle Singler’s 18 points off the bench led seven players in
double figures and helped snap the Heat’s 10-game win streak.
Andre Drummond had 18 rebounds to help Detroit (8-10) amass a
46-34 advantage, and Jennings hit a key 3-pointer with 4:09
remaining to thwart a Miami rally.
”We had a lot of good performances from a lot of people,” coach
Maurice Cheeks said. “Then we just held our composure because we
knew that at some point they’d make a run. Brandon made that big 3
and we were able to hold on. When Brandon hit that big 3, it kind
of settled us down a little bit.”
Detroit will try to add to its second set of back-to-back wins
against a team it beat 113-94 on Nov. 25. The Pistons also had
seven players in double figures in that game – led by Rodney
Stuckey’s 17 – and shot a season-high 53.8 percent.
Jennings had 15 points and 13 assists in his first game against
Milwaukee since a four-player deal July 31 that included former
Pistons point guard Brandon Knight. Jennings averaged 17.0 points
and 5.7 assists in four seasons with the Bucks, who took him 10th
overall in the 2009 draft.
“I’m definitely excited (to return),” Jennings said. “All I care
about is winning and trying to be the best point guard I can be for
Jennings’ former club snapped an 11-game skid Saturday with a
92-85 win over Boston at the Bradley Center on Saturday but
couldn’t complete the home-and-home sweep Tuesday, falling 108-100.
The Bucks (3-14) scored 37 points in the final quarter but gave up
39 and couldn’t complete a comeback from a 13-point deficit in the
Milwaukee was beaten 40-33 on the boards after posting a 49-41
edge in Saturday’s victory, which ended a five-game home losing
“I felt we were right there. They just made the tough shots,”
coach Larry Drew said. “They made the plays down the stretch and we
Leading scorer O.J. Mayo (15.1 points per game) had a combined
41 points in the two matchups with Boston after averaging 8.8 in
his previous six games. He was held to five points in the loss to
Knight had eight points in that game but is averaging 17.3 in
his last three contests.
Detroit’s Greg Monroe is averaging 18.4 points and 10.6 rebounds
in his last nine games against the Bucks and 22.0 points – on 62.7
percent shooting – and 12.5 boards in his last four in