AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 18 (Ticker) --
Without T.J. Ford
Terry Porter probably wishes he could play point guard. But the
Milwaukee Bucks still would have no answers for the power of
the Detroit Pistons.
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scored 21 points and Rasheed Wallace
, Ben Wallace
and Tayshaun Prince
each recorded double-doubles as the
third-seeded Pistons rolled to a 108-82 rout of the Bucks in the
opener of their Eastern Conference first-round series.
The Bucks led the Eastern Conference in scoring at 98 points per
game, but they no longer have Ford, their quicksilver rookie
point guard who will miss the playoffs with a bruised spinal
cord. With former Piston Damon Jones
and Brevin Knight
point, Milwaukee committed 25 turnovers.
"We can't worry about who we don't have," said Porter, who was
coaching his first playoff game. "We have to go into these games
with the guys we have. The guys we have got into foul trouble
early and put us behind the eight-ball. We still have to do a
better job taking care of the ball."
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The Pistons also showed why they are the best defensive team in
the NBA, holding All-Star guard Michael Redd
to 11 points on
4-of-10 shooting. Prince and Hamilton both covered Redd,
leaving him little room to shoot. Keith Van Horn
second-best shooter, made just 3-of-11 shots.
Meanwhile, the Bucks could not handle Detroit's inside game.
Ben Wallace had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Rasheed Wallace had
17 and 10 and Prince went for 14 and 11. Reserve forwards
and Mehmet Okur
also did some damage in the
paint, combining for 20 points off the bench.
"We're just being aggressive," Prince said. "When you have three
guys with double-doubles, and two of them are Ben and Rasheed,
who can cover the paint like that, you know you have a chance to
dictate the game."
"Right now, we just have to be patient and realize it's just one
game," Redd said. "They really did a lot of trapping and a good
job getting the ball out of the hands of the guards into their
big guys and they did a lot of scoring down low with them. We'll
figure something out to counter that come second game."
Game Two is Wednesday night at Detroit.
The last time Detroit had three players with double-doubles in a
playoff game was May 7, 1991, at Boston, when Isiah Thomas,
Dennis Rodman and Bill Laimbeer did it.
The Pistons built a 52-43 halftime lead and broke open the game
in the third quarter, when the Bucks committed nine turnovers in
their first 13 possessions. A 3-pointer by Rasheed Wallace and
a layup by Chauncey Billups
increased the lead to 68-51 with
"I'm really pleased with the way we played," Detroit coach Larry
Brown said. "We rebounded, we shared the ball and we got them
to turn the ball over, which was really important because it
gives us a chance to get easy baskets."
After the Bucks pulled within 68-56 on two free throws by
Knight, Billups and Rasheed Wallace each hit 3-pointers in a
12-2 run that opened an 80-58 advantage entering the final
"Guys on this team can put the ball in the hole, but I think
it's better to be known as a defensive team than an offensive
team, if you ask me," Rasheed Wallace said. "We just pretty much
took what they gave us."
A basket by Okur gave the Pistons their biggest lead at 106-76
with 2:41 left.