MILWAUKEE (NBA.com exclusive) -- Meet Brandon Jennings.
The Detroit Pistons met the Milwaukee Bucks rookie point guard on Saturday night. Because they did, they had their second loss in as many nights.
Jennings took over the game in the third quarter, at one point scoring nine straight points, as he led Milwaukee back from a 16-point deficit to a 96-85 victory at the Bradley Center.
One night after posting 17 points, nine rebounds and nine assists in his National Basketball Association debut, Jennings delivered a team-high 24 points on 9-of-15 shooting.
More important, he scored 16 of those in the third quarter when he took over the game. What was once a 49-33 Milwaukee deficit with 44 seconds left in the first half turned into a 74-61 Milwaukee lead with 55 seconds left in the third period.
That's a 29-point swing in just under 12 minutes.
Milwaukee was just 4 for 22 (18.2%) in the second quarter to finish the half at 30% (12 of 40). Jennings finished the first half with just three points -- a three-pointer that gave Milwaukee a 5-2 lead with 10:36 left in the first quarter.
Things went straight south for Milwaukee from there, and the Detroit lead had reached 49-33 on two Ben Wallace free throws with 44.5 seconds left in the half. Milwaukee stole back some of the momentum with the final five points of the half to make it 49-38 at the break, and then Jennings went to work in the third quarter.
His running tear-drop shot in the lane at the 10:01 mark capped a 6-0 run to start the third, then he completely turned the game around 2 minutes later.
Jennings swished his second three-pointer of the night to cut the deficit to 53-48 with 7:45 left in the third. After a three-pointer and two free throws by Hakim Warrick (21 points) helped pull the Bucks within 55-53, Jennings turned dominant.
The left-hander with the reputation that says he needs to work on his jump shot scored the game's next nine points on two outside jumpers, a reverse layup off his own steal and then his third three-pointer of the night.
Suddenly, Milwaukee held a 62-55 lead and would not look back. The lead was 74-63 at the end of three, and the closest Detroit got in the fourth period was 81-77 on Tayshaun Prince's jumper with 5:57 left. Two free throws by Warrick and a 9-foot runner in the lane by Jennings restored order.
"He came out in the third quarter and gave us a huge lift," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "He got in the zone there a little while and once again showed another element of his game."
When Skiles was asked if he'd seen many rookies take over a game to that extent so early in a career, he tried to be diplomatic.
"Look, your job is to write about it; my job is to keep him grounded," Skiles said. "It was a very, very good game."
That made it two in a row for Jennings, who flirted with a triple-double in his debut a night earlier at Philadelphia in a 99-86 defeat.
"He and I looked at all the shots from (Friday) night's game and all of the turnovers this afternoon," Skiles said. "We went through them and when we got done I told him I thought that was one of the most impressive first games of a rookie I've seen since I've been in the league.
"Then I told him, 'You've got to try to follow it up.' He certainly did that, that's for sure."
The Pistons (1-2), who were led by Ben Gordon's 26 points, played without starting shooting guard Richard Hamilton, who sprained his right ankle in the season opener and also missed Friday night's 91-83 home loss to Oklahoma City.
While Detroit placed five players in double figures, it could not find an answer to Jennings.
"He did a great job," Pistons coach John Kuester said of Jennings. "I was very impressed with Scott allowing him to do great things out there on the court. I'll tell you this, they rely on him a lot and he was able to create a lot one-on-one."
Probably the most surprising part was Jennings' outside shooting. With his 3-for-4 performance beyond the arc, he's now 5 for 9 (55.6%) in two games. That hardly fits in with his young reputation.
"When I have my feet set and I have my hand all the way straight out, it has a good chance of going in," Jennings said. "Every time I jab at it and go back to that, that's when everybody goes, 'Oh, he can't shoot.' So tonight I just focused on those two things and my shot was going in."