AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 29 (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons played well in Milwaukee but did not want to go back.

Tayshaun Prince scored 10 of his playoff career-high 24 points in the decisive third quarter as the Pistons advanced to the Eastern Conference semifinals with a 91-77 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.

Detroit took a commanding 3-1 lead in the series by winning both games at the Bradley Center, then prevented a return trip with a dominant performance. It never trailed after the first quarter, holding Milwaukee under 80 points for the first time in the series.

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Tayshaun Prince needed just one more rebound and two assists for a triple double.
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"We didn't want to go back to Milwaukee," Pistons guard Richard Hamilton said. "It was important for us to establish the home-court presence."

Prince was nearly flawless on offense, making 11-of-15 shots from the floor and 2-of-4 free throws. He narrowly missed a triple-double with nine rebounds and eight assists.

"Tayshaun was the one guy who seemed to be calm out there," Detroit coach Larry Brown said. "Except for him, I thought the team was kind of hyper tonight. I thought we were trying to win with each possession instead of just playing, but he looked like he had great poise and feel the whole series."

"I'm an easy-going guy," Prince said. "I'm not up one day and down the next. I'm just a laid-back type person. If I get a dunk, I'm not going to go crazy. I'm pretty much the same all the time."

Prince was the most consistent player in the series for Detroit, averaging 17.4 points and shooting 59 percent (35-for-59) from the floor.

"Throughout the whole series, I was able to get some wide-open shots because of the double-teams," Prince said. "It wasn't that I was the go-to guy, it was just that I was feeding off everybody else and good things happened."

"In this series, he was really on top of his game," Bucks coach Terry Porter said. "He did a great job of getting out in the open court and hitting shots on the perimeter, so he was definitely one of the X-factors for them."

The Pistons put away the game in the third quarter, making 13-of-22 shots. Prince was 5-of-6 in the period while Hamilton and Chauncey Billups each made 3-of-5 shots.

Detroit had a 41-36 lead after Milwaukee's Keith Van Horn opened the second half with a jumper. But the Pistons responded with eight straight points, led by Prince, who had a pair of baskets and assisted on a jumper by Hamilton.

Billups scored 19 points and Hamilton added 18 for Detroit, which will face the New Jersey Nets in the postseason for the second year in a row after getting swept in the conference finals.

Michael Redd scored 22 points and Joe Smith had 16 and eight rebounds for the Bucks, who shot under 40 percent (31-of-78) from the floor and were hammered on the boards, 52-36.

"I think you have to give Detroit some credit," Porter said. "They really focused on trying to stop (Redd) and not letting him get anything easy. The guys that were on him made him work for everything he got, and we didn't do a good enough job of getting out in the open court and getting some easy opportunities."

Ben Wallace grabbed 12 rebounds and Rasheed Wallace added 11 to go with 11 points as Detroit collected 18 offensive boards against undersized Milwaukee.