Pistons Bounce Back With Win Over Bucks
Detroit 85, Milwaukee 76
MILWAUKEE, Nov. 26 (Ticker) -- The Detroit Pistons continue to thrive under first-year coach Flip Saunders.
Richard Hamilton scored 20 points and Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups added 17 each as the Pistons won for the 10th time in 12 outings with an 85-76 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks.
"We got back to our mainstay, which has been team defense," Saunders said. "To be a championship team, you have to be able to win some ugly games. We kind of wanted it that way."
Hamilton and Prince scored nine points apiece in the third quarter to give Detroit a 61-50 lead with 1:45 to go in the period.
However, Toni Kukoc hit a 3-pointer and Michael Redd scored nine consecutive points for the Bucks in a 12-2 run that carried into the fourth quarter and cut the deficit to 63-62 with 9:56 to go.
"We continued to battle them all night long and made some shots," Redd said. "But we've got to take a page out of their book and execute down the stretch."
Billups made a 3-pointer in an 8-0 surge as the Pistons rebuilt the lead to 71-62. But Redd and Jamaal Magloire combined to score 10 straight points for the Bucks to close the deficit to 73-72 with 5:05 left.
"They turned it up creating some turnovers, which I felt like was the difference," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "The turnovers created transitions points and got them to the free-throw line."
Billups kept the Bucks from taking the lead by nailing a 3-pointer with four minutes remaining as the Pistons used a closing 12-4 run to win for the fifth time in six road games.
"I knew it was going to be myself or Rip (Hamilton) who was going to take that shot," Billups said. "We felt like we should have won last night, so we wanted to come out focused and we did a great job of slowing them down."
Rasheed Wallace scored 15 points and Ben Wallace grabbed a season-high 18 rebounds for Detroit, which was beaten on the glass 51-41 but forced 17 turnovers.
"This team has a lot of pride, it's something that we kind of hang our hat on," Ben Wallace said. "We came down with some big boards down the stretch and that was the difference in the game."
Redd scored 23 points, rookie Andrew Bogut added 12 and Magloire had a season-high 17 rebounds for the Bucks, who lost for the fourth time in five outings.