AUBURN HILLS, Mich., April 26 (Ticker) -- Richard Hamilton and the Detroit Pistons had more than a leg to stand on.

Hamilton scored 18 points despite an ankle injury and was part of a balanced attack as the Pistons again toyed with the Milwaukee Bucks, 109-98, and opened a commanding 2-0 lead in their Eastern Conference first-round series.

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Tayshaun Prince scored 22 points to lead six players in double figures for the top-seeded Pistons, who have hardly been tested in the first two games of what is shaping up to be a lopsided series.

In Game One, Detroit did it with defense, limiting Milwaukee to 74 points. In Game Two, the Pistons flashed their offense, shooting 51 percent (42-of-83) from the field and collected 28 fast-break points.

"Milwaukee shoots a lot of jump shots and our big guys do a good job of getting the rebounds," said Pistons guard Chauncey Billups, who scored 20 points. "We're able to make some long outlet passes and we have the guys who can get out fast. Then we're off to the races."

Hamilton scored 21 points while limiting Bucks star guard Michael Redd to 11 in the opener but suffered a sprained left ankle in the fourth quarter. He aggravated the injury late in the first quarter but not before helping the Pistons get off to a good start with eight points.

"It scared me because it hurt for a couple of minutes, but I just pushed myself through it," Hamilton said. "I didn't want to sit out too long and have it tighten up."

Hamilton returned and finished with 18 points on 7-of-12 shooting, adding eight assists in 33 minutes as he showed no ill effects from the injury. He came up a bucket short of his 52nd 20-point game in 67 career playoff contests.

The Pistons are more than just Hamilton, however. In racing to a 61-48 halftime lead, they received key contributions from reserves Maurice Evans and Antonio McDyess, who combined for 14 points on 5-of-7 shooting before the break.

"They posed a lot of problems for us," Redd said. "Whether it's Tayshaun on (the) blocks, Rip coming off screens, Rasheed (Wallace) popping out and McDyess getting off as well. They have a versatile team. I think their offense is underrated."

It was typical of the Pistons that their first five baskets of the game came from five different players.

"That's how we beat people," Billups said. "We know there's strength in numbers. When the game starts, we don't know what matchup we're going to attack. We just see how it goes. We see how the flow is. Early in this game everyone had good looks."

Detroit's balance is a headache for an opposing coach.

"You don't know where they're going to come up with it, but they usually come up with it, whether it's Chauncey, Rasheed, Tayshaun or Rip - or McDyess," Bucks coach Terry Stotts said. "Any one of their guys can make plays to stop runs, start runs, win games."

The eighth-seeded Bucks cut a 10-point deficit to 39-37 midway through the second quarter before Evans had two 3-pointers and a pair of free throws in a 12-0 run that gave the Pistons a 51-37 lead with 3:13 remaining.

"Mo (Evans) gave us a boost at both ends tonight," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "Guys have confidence in him. The guys on the bench want to play more, but they have to do what he did. He came with the right frame of mind."

"I feel like I can be an important part of this team at any time," Evans said. "I'm happy he gave me a chance, and I'm happy I was able to make the most of it."

Detroit widened a 61-48 halftime lead to 85-67 as reserve guard Lindsey Hunter made a 3-pointer and steal, feeding Prince for a thunderous dunk with 2:29 left in the third quarter. Milwaukee got no closer than 10 points thereafter.

McDyess scored 13 points and Rasheed Wallace added 12 for the Pistons, who made 10 3-pointers and committed just nine turnovers.

"We have so many guys that can hurt you as opposed to teams that have only one or two guys that can really hurt you," Billups said. "You can adjust your defense to stop one or two guys. YOu can't do that when you play us. We have too many options."

Redd was able to get loose for 29 points on 10-of-18 shooting. T.J. Ford added 17 points for the Bucks, who shot 43.5 percent (37-of-85).

Milwaukee will host Games Three and Four on Saturday and Monday. It has not been swept in a best-of-seven series since the 1989 conference semifinals against Detroit.

"They call it home court advantage for a reason, so we'll go home and take advantage of it," Stotts said.

"They'll be more comfortable at home, but we're not playing Milwaukee," Saunders said. "We're playing ourselves. Whether we're home or away we want to play our offense and our defense. Hopefully, if we do that there won't be a letdown."