NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Milwaukee|
(Wednesday, January 22nd)
Final Score: Milwaukee 104, Detroit 101
Milwaukee, WI (SportsNetwork.com) - Caron Butler scored 30 points and Brandon
Knight added 16 points and nine assists to help the Milwaukee Bucks edge the
Detroit Pistons, 104-101, at the Bradley Center.
Ersan Ilyasova and John Henson finished with 12 points apiece, while
Khris Middleton finished with 10 points and four steals off the bench for the
Bucks, who snapped a nine-game losing streak.
"We really needed that win. I loved our energy in the first half, and we came
in here emphasizing that we can't come out flat in third quarter, it has been
our Achilles' heel all season," said Butler. "I thought we did, but we bounced
back, got the crowd into the game and they supported us. We rolled with that
Brandon Jennings poured in 30 points, Rodney Stuckey scored 23 and Greg Monroe
added 18 points, nine rebounds and four assists for the Pistons, losers in
three of their last four games overall.
"It's important we keep the attitude and intensity. I think we got a little
comfortable, but we can't let that happen," Jennings said. "No matter what
their record is, that's an NBA team over there."
Andre Drummond turned in 11 points and 12 boards in the setback.
The Pistons led 89-83 after a Stuckey layup just over a minute into the fourth
quarter. An 8-2 swing from the Bucks knotted things up at 91-91, but Josh
Detroit's Smith was fouled attempting a 3-pointer at the other end and
converted all three free throws.
Butler's dunk, followed but a Luke Ridnour trey, gave the Bucks a 96-95 lead
just moments later.
The Pistons managed to wrestle the lead back with five minutes to go, but
Butler nailed a jumper and Knight made a pair of free throws for a 100-97 edge
with 3:55 left.
Detroit managed to pull within 102-101 after Stuckey buried a jumper from the
elbow with 1:50 to go, but Knight countered with a jumper of his own and the
Pistons were held scoreless the rest of the way.
With 5.2 seconds left, Smith was fouled with his back to the basket. He missed
both free throws, but Knight fell out of bounds after securing the rebound and
the Pistons had one last chance to tie the game. However, Stuckey's 3-pointer
as time expired bounced off the side of the backboard.
Detroit led 28-25 after the first quarter and took a 56-50 lead into the
break. The Pistons' lead shrunk to just four points, 85-81, entering the final
Milwaukee's O.J. Mayo and Larry Sanders did not play (illness) ... The Bucks
allowed 20 points off 19 turnovers ... Knight played for the Pistons for two
seasons (2011-2013) and Jennings spent the first four seasons of his career
with Milwaukee (2009-2013) ... The Pistons allowed 21 points on 14 turnovers.
01/23 00:58:47 ET