AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 29 (Ticker) --
The Detroit Pistons played
well in Milwaukee but did not want to go back.
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
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
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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
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
Prince was the most consistent player in the series for Detroit,
averaging 17.4 points and shooting 59 percent (35-for-59) from
"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
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
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
grabbed 12 rebounds and Rasheed Wallace
added 11 to
go with 11 points as Detroit collected 18 offensive boards
against undersized Milwaukee.