The Milwaukee Bucks and Detroit Pistons are both feeling good coming off wins over the reigning NBA champions, but one team will lose to a far less decorated opponent Sunday night when the Central Division rivals meet at The Palace of Auburn Hills.
Milwaukee (16-12) used a dominant fourth quarter to defeat Miami 104-85 on Saturday, outscoring the Heat 35-14 over the final 12 minutes. The Bucks shot just 40.8 percent from the field but matched a season low with six turnovers - none by Brandon Jennings, who finished with 25 points, seven assists and four steals.
The synergy of the Pistons’ five-man second unit that’s been nothing less than spectacular for the past week is the type that screams its logic on paper but rarely translates to action quite so seamlessly.
Over the past four games – or just two games after Austin Daye replaced Corey Maggette at small forward in a bench unit that also includes Rodney Stuckey, Charlie Villanueva, Andre Drummond and Will Bynum – Lawrence Frank’s backups have averaged 62.2 points, outscoring the starters decisively in the last three games.