Bucks vs Pistons
Lead Changes: 6
Times Tied: 3
Box Score and Recap

Attendance: 11,364
Duration: 2 hours, 15 minutes

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Head Coach Scott Skiles

On being shorthanded tonight
It was a good shorthanded win. Things didnt go smoothly for us, we had a couple of opportunities late in the game to kind of seal it. We were playing good defensively. We were able to get stops. We played pretty hard, especially the last four or five minutes of the game. We got on the (offensive) boards, they (Detroit) got on the (offensive) boards, neither team did a good job on the defensive glass but we were able to come up with the critical stops.

On rebounding
It seemed early on that they (Detroit) might have a 25 offensive rebound game, they were on the glass and we werent reacting well enough. Carlos (Delfino) is always a dependable rebounder, everybody chipped in a little bit and did the job for us.

On Earl Barrons Bucks debut
He was active. All he had was the shootaround and its hard to throw a lot at a guy, especially when were having our normal shootaround. We had about 15 minutes to kind of get specific with him. Hes an energy player and he helped us tonight.

Forward Jon Brockman

On Andrew Bogut and Ersan Ilyasovas absence
He (Bogut) does a lot for the big men in the game. Hes a shot-blocker, hes a rebounder, so it definitely helps out down low. Ersan (Ilyasova) as well, even Luc (Mbah a Moute), its hurts not having those guys in there.

On his increased responsibilities
We all want to play more. We all love to play basketball. Its just what happens as the season goes, there are ups and downs, things change. Theres always something new every day coming up and you just have to adapt to it.

Guard Brandon Jennings

On his block at the end of the game

I saw him (Will Bynum) in the corner and actually I was hustling for the rebound and (Rodney) Stuckey got it and threw it to Will Bynum in the corner. My first instinct was that he was going to pump fake, so I didnt want a pump fake to let in to him and give him a three (point) shot, but he went up for it and I had to make a big block.

  • Tonight the Bucks played short-handed with three key players out. Andrew Bogut, Ersan Ilyasova and Luc Richard Mbah a Moute all did not play tonight.

  • Jon Brockman played in his 100th game tonight and made his third start of the season. He finished with eight points and eight rebounds (seven offensive rebounds) in 26 minutes

  • After being signed to a 10-day contract, Earl Barron made his Bucks debut. He played 15 minutes, had four points and a season-high nine rebounds (his previous high was eight with Phoenix).

  • Going into the half, the Bucks led the Pistons 51-50. Brandon Jennings led all Bucks at the half with 12 points, while Stuckey led the Pistons with 16 points. The Pistons and Bucks shot 48.8 percent and 44.4 percent from the field, respectively.

  • Tonights matchup pitted two of the NBAs top five teams for fewest turnovers per game. Detroit is number one with 12.77 per game and Milwaukee is fourth with 13.35 per game. Both teams went above their season averages for turnovers with the Bucks committing 15 turnovers while the Pistons had 14.

  • So far this season the Pistons bench has scored 38.5 points per game (good for third in the NBA). Tonight the Pistons bench scored only 34 points.

  • Detroit had a huge advantage on points in the paint. They outscored the Bucks 48 to 26 in the paint.

  • By holding Detroit under 100 points, the Bucks are now tied for first in the NBA, holding 44 opponents under 100 points (tied with Miami and Chicago).

  • Defense has been a strong point for Milwaukee all season and with 16 seconds left in the game, Brandon Jennings made a gam- saving block when Will Bynum went for the go-ahead three with Detroit down two.

  • Milwaukee was able to hold off Detroit down the stretch and record their first win against the Pistons this season. The Bucks are now 4-7 against the Central Division.

  • In the third game of the series match-up, Detroit was shooting 53.9 percent from the field including 40.9 percent from three. Tonight the Bucks defense was able to clamp down on Detroit holding them to 40 percent field goal shooting (25 percent from three) and just 90 points.

  • The Pistons loss drops them to 7-24 on the road while the Bucks go above .500 at home with a 15-14 record.

  • Carlos Delfino recorded his first double-double of the season (he finished with 16 points and 10 rebounds).

  • Tonight was the 20th different starting lineup used by Milwaukee which is tied for third with the Caveliers in the NBA behind the Kings (23 and Wizards (21).

TAKE CARE The Bucks have had fewer turnovers than their opponents in each of the last six games. In those tilts, Milwaukee is plus-27 in forcing turnovers (70-97 or 11.7-16.2). This season, the Bucks average 13.1 miscues per game, which ranks fourth in the league. The Pistons though, are the best in the league at taking care of the ball as they average just 12.8 turnovers per contest. Over the last five games, Bucks guard John Salmons has a 2.89:1 assist to turnover ratio (26:9) while the Bucks (88:59) have a 1.49:1 assist to turnover ratio in that span.

BENCH BALLERS The Bucks bench has outscored their foes 32.0 18.9 (224-132) over the last seven games and have bested or tied the other squads reserves in each of those seven. The reserves tallied 51 against Indiana on February 12, the fifth-highest output of the season. In those seven, the reserves are shooting 45.9 percent (79- 172) and grabbing 10.9 rebounds (76) and handing out 5.4 assists (38) while connecting on 2.3 3-pointers (16). Theyve produced 10 double-figure scoring games, two of which were 20-plus points.

MILWAUK-D The Bucks defense continues to improve this season as they rank fourth in points allowed (92.9), seventh in defensive field goal percentage (44.6) and sixth in opponents 3-point percentage (33.7. Theyve held 43 of their 58 opponents below 100 points (tied for second in the NBA: Miami has 44) and 20 of those foes were held below 90 points (ties for fifth with Atlanta; Boston leads with 27). In 2007-08, the season before Scott Skiles became head coach, the Bucks allowed 103.9 points (23rd), 48.0 shooting (29th), 38.4 3-point percentage (27th) and held 30 of their 82 opponents below 100 points.

  • Milwaukee is in the midst of a four-game homestand and theyre currently 2-4 in a stretch where theyll play 10 of 12 contests at the Bradley Center. The team has three home games this week (Tuesday, vs. Phoenix on Friday and vs. Boston on Sunday) before playing Washington on the road (March 8).

  • Forward Luc Mbah a Moute had a big game Saturday night against the Bulls. He led the team (for the first time this season) in scoring with a season-high 16 points (7-9 from the field) and had eight rebounds and a team-best four steals in 26:23.

  • Earl Boykins made the most of his minutes Saturday night, scoring 10 points (4-5 from the field, 2-2 from 3- point range) in 12 minutes, which all came in the fourth quarter.

  • Saturday night, Brandon Jennings did not attempt a single 3-pointer for just the third time in his two-year career. As a rookie, Jennings had two games (2-10-10 at NJ, 2-22-10 @ NY) without a 3-point attempt.

  • Andrew Bogut leads the league with 2.8 blocks and his 138 blocks also top the NBA despite his missing nine tilts. He has 15 blocks in his last five (3.0) and has blocked at least two in four of the last five games.

  • John Salmons (501) made his 500th career 3-pointer on Saturday and played in his 650th career game. A few Bucks milestones are on the horizon: Jon Brockman (99) is one game from 100. Brandon Jennings (206) is 26 3-pointers away from passing Toni Kukoc and Lee Mayberry (231) for 10th place in franchise history.
Mbah a Moute
*Projected Starters by Bucks.com

Player Injury
Ersan Ilyasova Concussion
Drew Gooden Plantars Faciitis
Michael Redd Left ACL/MCL
Player Injury
Tayshaun Prince SI Joint
Richard Hamilton Sore Groin
Ben Wallace Personal matter
Jonas Jerebko Achilles tendon
Terrico White Foot rehab

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