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Pistons, Bucks clash in Central showdown

(SportsNetwork.com) - The reeling Milwaukee Bucks hope to end their lengthy losing streak Wednesday versus the Detroit Pistons at the Bradley Center.

The Bucks are mired in a nine-game losing streak and are winless in the new year. The woes continued with Sunday's 110-82 loss at San Antonio, as Brandon Knight netted 21 points and John Henson added 10 with 11 rebounds.

Giannis Antetokounmpo and Larry Sanders scored 11 and 10 points, respectively, for the Bucks, who shot 37.5 percent. The Bucks only committed eight turnovers.

The Spurs shot 56.6 percent from the field, made 11-of-18 from beyond the arc and outrebounded the Bucks, 55-37.

"It's the way they play," said Bucks guard Gary Neal, who spent the first three years of his career in San Antonio. "They move the ball. They make the right play, and they hit the open shot."

Milwaukee's last win was on New Year's Eve against the Los Angeles Lakers. It will try to stop a four-game home losing streak Wednesday and owns a 3-15 mark at the Bradley Center.

In injury news for the Bucks, guards O.J. Mayo (illness) and Luke Ridnour (wrist), forward Caron Butler (illness) and center Larry Sanders (illness) are all questionable versus Detroit.

Detroit had won three of four games until sustaining a 112-103 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers on Monday.

Rodney Stuckey scored 29 points on 11-of-20 shooting and Josh Smith finished with 24 points in defeat. Andre Drummond tallied 15 points and pulled down 11 rebounds for the Pistons, who lost despite shooting 50.6 percent from the field and scoring 28 points off 19 L.A. turnovers.

"Josh was playing well and Stuckey obviously was playing well. Even if we didn't get as many shots from other people, we have to get other folks to take shots and to make some shots," Pistons head coach Maurice Cheeks said.

Detroit led 28-26 after a quarter of play, but the Clippers began to pull away early in the second. The Clippers took an 86-69 lead later on.

Drummond, who has 30 double-doubles, needs five points for 1,000 in his young career, while Stuckey is 51 points shy of 6,000.

The Pistons are 10-10 away from The Palace and have beaten Milwaukee twice already this season. They are 6-2 in the past eight matchups between the Central foes and have won three in a row at the Bradley Center.

01/22 10:21:15 ET

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2013 - 2014 Eastern Conference Standings
 
Atlantic W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Toronto 48 34 .585 --- 26-15 22-19 32-20 L 1
x-Brooklyn 44 38 .537 4 28-13 16-25 26-26 L 2
New York 37 45 .451 11 19-22 18-23 26-26 W 4
Boston 25 57 .305 23 16-25 9-32 21-31 L 2
Philadelphia 19 63 .232 29 10-31 9-32 14-38 W 2
 
Central W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Indiana 56 26 .683 --- 35-6 21-20 38-14 W 2
x-Chicago 48 34 .585 8 27-14 21-20 35-17 L 1
Cleveland 33 49 .402 23 19-22 14-27 21-31 W 1
Detroit 29 53 .354 27 17-24 12-29 23-29 L 4
Milwaukee 15 67 .183 41 10-31 5-36 12-40 L 3
 
Southeast W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Miami 54 28 .659 --- 32-9 22-19 34-18 L 3
x-Washington 44 38 .537 10 22-19 22-19 33-19 W 4
x-Charlotte 43 39 .524 11 25-16 18-23 30-22 W 3
x-Atlanta 38 44 .463 16 24-17 14-27 28-24 W 1
Orlando 23 59 .280 31 19-22 4-37 17-35 L 4
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
2013 - 2014 Western Conference Standings
 
Northwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-Oklahoma City 59 23 .720 --- 34-7 25-16 36-16 W 1
x-Portland 54 28 .659 5 31-10 23-18 31-21 W 5
Minnesota 40 42 .488 19 24-17 16-25 23-29 L 3
Denver 36 46 .439 23 22-19 14-27 20-32 L 2
Utah 25 57 .305 34 16-25 9-32 13-39 W 1
 
Pacific W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-LA Clippers 57 25 .695 --- 34-7 23-18 36-16 L 1
x-Golden State 51 31 .622 6 27-14 24-17 31-21 W 2
Phoenix 48 34 .585 9 26-15 22-19 28-24 W 1
Sacramento 28 54 .341 29 17-24 11-30 15-37 L 1
LA Lakers 27 55 .329 30 14-27 13-28 15-37 W 2
 
Southwest W L PCT GB Home Away Conf Streak
y-San Antonio 62 20 .756 --- 32-9 30-11 38-14 L 2
x-Houston 54 28 .659 8 33-8 21-20 31-21 L 1
x-Memphis 50 32 .610 12 27-14 23-18 29-23 W 5
x-Dallas 49 33 .598 13 26-15 23-18 29-23 L 1
New Orleans 34 48 .415 28 22-19 12-29 15-37 W 2
 
x= clinched playoff berth
y= clinched division title
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Final
NOR 0
DUR 3
 
Final
CHC 1
CIN 4
9th
PIT 3
MIL 5
 
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WAS 3
STL 1
9th
CLE 2
TOR 3
 
8th
DET 6
ANA 11
 
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NYM 0
ATL 6
 
8th
BOS 4
BAL 7
 
7th
TAM 4
NYY 5
 
9th
MIA 4
SEA 4
 
7th
TEX 11
CWS 0
 
7th
KAN 5
MIN 0
 
5th
COL 8
PHI 0
 
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HOU
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TAM 1
MON 4
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BOS 0
DET 1
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NOR 0
DUR 3