AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 18 (Ticker) -- Without T.J. Ford, coach Terry Porter probably wishes he could play point guard. But the Milwaukee Bucks still would have no answers for the power of the Detroit Pistons.

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Richard Hamilton scored 21 points and Rasheed Wallace, Ben Wallace and Tayshaun Prince each recorded double-doubles as the third-seeded Pistons rolled to a 108-82 rout of the Bucks in the opener of their Eastern Conference first-round series.

The Bucks led the Eastern Conference in scoring at 98 points per game, but they no longer have Ford, their quicksilver rookie point guard who will miss the playoffs with a bruised spinal cord. With former Piston Damon Jones and Brevin Knight at the point, Milwaukee committed 25 turnovers.

"We can't worry about who we don't have," said Porter, who was coaching his first playoff game. "We have to go into these games with the guys we have. The guys we have got into foul trouble early and put us behind the eight-ball. We still have to do a better job taking care of the ball."

Rasheed Wallace tallied 17 points and 10 rebounds in Game 1.
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The Pistons also showed why they are the best defensive team in the NBA, holding All-Star guard Michael Redd to 11 points on 4-of-10 shooting. Prince and Hamilton both covered Redd, leaving him little room to shoot. Keith Van Horn, Milwaukee's second-best shooter, made just 3-of-11 shots.

Meanwhile, the Bucks could not handle Detroit's inside game. Ben Wallace had 17 points and 14 rebounds, Rasheed Wallace had 17 and 10 and Prince went for 14 and 11. Reserve forwards Corliss Williamson and Mehmet Okur also did some damage in the paint, combining for 20 points off the bench.

"We're just being aggressive," Prince said. "When you have three guys with double-doubles, and two of them are Ben and Rasheed, who can cover the paint like that, you know you have a chance to dictate the game."

"Right now, we just have to be patient and realize it's just one game," Redd said. "They really did a lot of trapping and a good job getting the ball out of the hands of the guards into their big guys and they did a lot of scoring down low with them. We'll figure something out to counter that come second game."

Game Two is Wednesday night at Detroit.

The last time Detroit had three players with double-doubles in a playoff game was May 7, 1991, at Boston, when Isiah Thomas, Dennis Rodman and Bill Laimbeer did it.

The Pistons built a 52-43 halftime lead and broke open the game in the third quarter, when the Bucks committed nine turnovers in their first 13 possessions. A 3-pointer by Rasheed Wallace and a layup by Chauncey Billups increased the lead to 68-51 with 5:24 left.

"I'm really pleased with the way we played," Detroit coach Larry Brown said. "We rebounded, we shared the ball and we got them to turn the ball over, which was really important because it gives us a chance to get easy baskets."

After the Bucks pulled within 68-56 on two free throws by Knight, Billups and Rasheed Wallace each hit 3-pointers in a 12-2 run that opened an 80-58 advantage entering the final period.

"Guys on this team can put the ball in the hole, but I think it's better to be known as a defensive team than an offensive team, if you ask me," Rasheed Wallace said. "We just pretty much took what they gave us."

A basket by Okur gave the Pistons their biggest lead at 106-76 with 2:41 left.