Billups, Pistons drop Bucks
Auburn Hills, MI (Sports Network) – Chauncey Billups had 20 points and eight
assists to lead the Detroit Pistons over the Milwaukee Bucks, 96-86, at the
Richard Hamilton added 18 points and Tayshaun Prince had 14 points and a
career-high tying 12 rebounds for the Pistons, who have won two straight and
three of four. Rasheed Wallace also had 14 points and tallied seven rebounds
for Detroit, which continues to lead the Central Division.
Andrew Bogut had 21 points and 13 boards to lead the Bucks, who have lost
three straight and 14 of 16. Ruben Patterson added 16 points and six boards
for Milwaukee, which hung with the Pistons but couldn’t muster enough to come
away with the win.
With the Bucks leading 60-59, the Pistons went on a 13-2 run to take the lead
for good. A pair of Hamilton free throws started the surge, giving Detroit the
lead for good, and Prince scored four points during the run, which gave the
Pistons a 72-62 cushion going into the fourth.
Detroit kept the Bucks at bay throughout the fourth quarter. Milwaukee drew
within 84-82 on a Charlie Bell layup with 2:51 left, but Billups converted a
three-point play next time down the floor to extend the cushion to five
points. Then, after the Bucks came up empty on the offensive end, Rasheed
Wallace drained a three-pointer with 2:06 remaining to make it an eight-point
affair. Jason Maxiell’s jumper with 1:28 on the clock extended the cushion
back to 10 points.
Wallace’s three-pointer was only the second of the game hit by Detroit. He
also hit the first.
Bell ended with 12 points. Maurice Williams had 15 points and seven assists
for the Bucks, who went winless on a three-game road trip.
Milwaukee led 20-19 after one quarter, but went into halftime trailing 44-41.
Detroit’s Antonio McDyess was ejected with 3:34 left in the third quarter
after receiving two technical fouls for arguing with the officials…Maxiell
had 12 points…These two teams have split a pair of games this season…The
Pistons ended a two-game slide to the Bucks.