Bucks Rout Pistons
Milwaukee 113, Detroit 93
MILWAUKEE, April 17 (Ticker) -- Sharpshooter Michael Redd and the Milwaukee Bucks made short work of the Detroit Pistons.
Redd and Bobby Simmons scored 19 points apiece and T.J. Ford contributed 16 and 11 assists as the Bucks breezed to a 113-93 victory over the Pistons in their home finale.
"We played a solid game and played the way we needed to in a game where they're resting guys and their bench is playing hard," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "This last week of the season for the bottom four teams (in the playoffs) has been the most unique race I've ever seen. With three days to go, there's no playoff matchup set in the East. It's amazing."
"The Bucks are fighting," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "You want to be as high a seed as you can. They came out, played well and did some nice things."
The Bucks visit the Wizards (40-40) in their last game of the season Tuesday.
"It was a big win for us, a big win," said Redd, who shot 8-of-13 from the field. "We've been up and down all year. To be in a position to be fifth, I've never seen this. Fortunately, we can be .500 and still be fifth. Hopefully we'll take advantage of it."
Antonio McDyess, who scored eight points, brought Detroit within 29-24 at the 8:41 mark in the second period. But Redd and Charlie Bell took over during the final 2:38 of the quarter, combining to score 12 points as the Bucks opened a 54-39 bulge at halftime.
"They have a really good team and those guys off the bench played hard," said Bell, who scored 13 points. "We wanted to take care of business, no matter who was out there."
The Pistons, who played most of their second unit, failed to respond in the second half as they were outscored, 33-19, in the third quarter.
"Our starters broke a sweat and didn't get too stale or hurt and I was happy to see the young guys play," Saunders said. "It was good to see those guys in that type of situation."
Rookie Andrew Bogut scored 12 points and Jamaal Magloire pulled down 14 rebounds for Milwaukee, which shot 56 percent (45-of-80) from the field and scored 48 points in the paint.
"The battle for the last four spots is crazy," Bogut said. "We'd definitely rather get (the fifth seed) and play Cleveland, but I'm sure Washington wants it, too."
Carlos Delfino and rookie Amir Johnson scored 18 points apiece while fellow rookie Jason Maxiell added 11 and 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who shot 42 percent (35-of-84).
"No question, that's what it's all about, letting the young boys shine," said Detroit guard Chauncey Billups, who scored five points in 19 minutes.