GREEN BAY, Wis., Oct. 19 (Ticker) -- If T.J. Ford is going to score like this, the Milwaukee Bucks may be going places this season.

Ford scored 19 points and handed out nine assists to lead the Bucks to a 104-94 preseason victory over the Detroit Pistons at the Resch Center.

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A quicksilver 5-10 point guard with a pass-first mentality, Ford missed all of last season recovering from spinal cord surgery. He was cleared to practice in the spring and clearly has been working on his ability to score.

On Saturday vs. Cleveland, Ford scored 17 points on 5-of-9 shooting. Against the two-time defending Eastern Conference champions, he made 8-of-12 shots and led an attack that had four players in double figures.

Backup point guard Maurice Williams scored 16 points and BobbySimmons added 11 for the Bucks, who never trailed as they committed just nine turnovers and forced 23. They played without forward Joe Smith (knee) and guard Jiri Welsch (quadriceps).

Milwaukee center Andrew Bogut, the top overall pick in the draft, scored the game's first two baskets and finished with nine points and six rebounds.

Maurice Evans scored 20 points and rookie Alex Acker added 13 for the Pistons, who rested a handful of players. No starter played more than 26 minutes and reserves Antonio McDyess, Dale Davis, Carlos Arroyo and Carlos Delfino were given the night off.