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Saturday, January 24th

Milwaukee, WI: BMO Harris Bradley Center

Probable Starters

Antetokounmpo

Ilyasova

Pachulia

Middleton

Knight

Singler

Monroe

Drummond

Caldwell-Pope

Jennings

Pistons-Bucks Preview


By TAYLOR BECHTOLD
Posted Jan 23 2015 2:37PM

After an impressive road winning streak recently ended against the Eastern Conference's top team, the Detroit Pistons hope to begin a new one against a pair of clubs which are scuffling at home.

Opening a quick trip of games on back-to-back nights, the Pistons seek an eighth victory in nine road games Saturday against the Milwaukee Bucks - losers in six of seven at the Bradley Center.

Detroit has won 12 of 15 after a 128-118 home victory over Orlando on Wednesday. The Pistons are now a factor in the postseason chase after sitting in 13th place and seven games back of the East's final playoff spot on Dec. 21.

Tom Gores said it's the most encouraging stretch the team has had since he took over as owner in 2011.

"I feel like I was brought in as a new owner to deliver something, and I feel like I'm at least delivering a part of what fans expect," he said. "I'm really proud of this team, the way they're fighting. I'm proud of (coach Stan Van Gundy) for not giving up."

Two of Detroit's three losses during this hot stretch have come against East-leading Atlanta, including Monday's 93-82 defeat that denied the Pistons (17-26) a franchise-record eighth consecutive road victory. A similar streak isn't out of the question considering the only one of their five road games before the All-Star break against an above-.500 team comes Sunday at slumping Toronto, which has lost four of six at home.

Detroit had one of its worst offensive performances in its last road game, shooting 35.4 percent against the Hawks, but bounced back with one of their best Wednesday with a season high in points while shooting 52.1 percent.

Andre Drummond had 26 points and 17 rebounds, Greg Monroe added 24 and 10, and Brandon Jennings scored 24 with a career-high 21 assists. Jennings was the first player with at least 20 points and 20 assists since Phoenix's Steve Nash on Nov. 9, 2009.

The former Milwaukee guard missed the last two meetings with the Bucks - both in November - due to a sprained thumb, and Detroit dropped both as part of a 13-game losing streak overall. The Pistons has won four of the other five meetings, including the first one this season, since Milwaukee traded Jennings to Detroit as he averaged 19.4 points and 9.4 assists.

The Bucks (21-21) have a 2-6 home record since Dec. 22, but one of those wins came in London against New York. They've followed that victory with back-to-back losses on a three-game homestand that concludes Saturday.

In its last six games at the Bradley Center, Milwaukee has averaged 93.0 points - 5.2 less than its overall mark. The Bucks missed their last five shots of Thursday's 101-99 loss to Utah.

"This has been happening to us, losing these home games," guard Jared Dudley said. "We understand we don't have a huge home-court advantage because we've got to win fans over, keep winning, keep playing hard, and that will come."

Dudley and Brandon Knight finished with 16 points apiece for the Bucks, who have lost Jabari Parker and Kendall Marshall to season-ending injuries and Larry Sanders to a 10-game suspension for violating the league's drug policy.

Knight, acquired in the Jennings deal, totaled 37 points in the first two meetings with the Pistons before scoring a season-low six in the most recent matchup.

Drummond has put up a combined 49 points and 30 boards in the past two meetings, though Detroit was outrebounded 94-75 in those defeats.

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Bucks Shots

ALL-TIME SERIES:
Bucks lead 122-106 (Won last two)

Home:
76-38

Road:
46-68

  • With a victory in this final meeting between the two teams this season, the Bucks will win the season series against the Pistons for the second time in the past four seasons (2011-12). Prior to that, Milwaukee hadn’t won a season series against Detroit since 2002-03. Additionally, a win would give the Bucks their first three-game winning streak against the Pistons since 11/30/02 through 2/14/03.

 

  • Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova has averaged a team-high-tying 14.3 points and 6.7 rebounds in three games against Detroit this season, including a season-high 22 points against them on 11/28 at The Palace of Auburn Hills.

 

  • Milwaukee’s 122 wins against Detroit are the team’s most against any franchise.

 

  • Racine, Wis., native Caron Butler is a member of the Pistons. He played for the Bucks for 34 games last season and averaged 11.0 points, 4.6 rebounds and 1.6 assists per game.

 

  • Pistons guards Brandon Jennings (1st round, 10th overall) and Jodie Meeks (2ndround, 41stoverall) were the lone members of the Bucks’ 2009 Draft class. Conversely, current Bucks guards Brandon Knight and forward Khris Middleton were both drafted and began their careers in Detroit before being traded to Milwaukee on 7/31/13 in exchange for Jennings

 

O.J. Mayo scores 20, hot-shooting Bucks beat Pistons 101-86

By GENARO C. ARMAS

Posted Jan 24 2015 10:01PM

MILWAUKEE (AP) O.J. Mayo scored 20 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks relied on perimeter shooting and defense in a 101-86 win Saturday night over the Detroit Pistons.

The Bucks went 11 for 17 from 3-point range, including a 4-for-5 performance from Mayo. The reserve guard made three 3s in a 47-second span of the second quarter to spark an 18-2 run that gave Milwaukee a 54-40 lead with 4:27 left in the second quarter.

Milwaukee also opened the second half with a 17-2 run. The Bucks led by as much as 30 in the third quarter of a rare easy victory.

Detroit's Brandon Jennings scored 16 points before leaving late in the third with a lower left leg injury.

The Pistons said Jennings would undergo further evaluation after the guard needed help getting to the locker room. Jennings was on the floor in pain for several seconds after planting off his left leg while guarding an inbounds pass.

Coach Stan Van Gundy's team has lost two straight on the road after tying a franchise record with seven straight wins away from Detroit. It appears the Pistons might be without Jennings for a while, too, after the injury while playing against the team that drafted him in the first round in 2009.

Milwaukee played a near-flawless game after the first quarter. Coached by former All-Star point guard Jason Kidd, the Bucks had 33 assists on 41 baskets.

The game was essentially over when the Pistons fell flat coming out at halftime.

Mayo's hot shooting in the second quarter helped give the Bucks to their big cushion. He hit a straightaway 3 before getting another 3 on a fall-away jumper from the left corner.

Anthony Tolliver was then whistled for stepping on the end line on the next inbounds play for a turnover. Mayo hit another 3 to give Milwaukee a 14-point lead.

The Pistons shot 36 percent (31 of 86) for the night.

TIP-INS

Pistons: Forward Greg Monroe matched his season average of 10 rebounds per game by halftime. He finished with 16 boards. ... Jennings had four assists after dishing out a career-high and NBA season-high 21 on Wednesday against the Magic.

Bucks: Brandon Knight, who was traded from Detroit for Jennings before the 2013-14 season, finished with 14 points. ... The Bucks welcomed former player Vin Baker back to the Bradley Center. Baker, the eighth-overall pick in the 1993 NBA draft, averaged 18.3 points and 9.5 rebounds in four seasons with Milwaukee.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Visit Toronto on Sunday night.

Bucks: Visit San Antonio on Sunday night.

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