Pistons rout Bucks
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) – Tayshaun Prince poured in 28 points and
three reserves played a big role as the short-handed Detroit Pistons routed
the Milwaukee Bucks, 121-95, at the Bradley Center.
Detroit played without Rasheed Wallace, who missed the game due to an NBA
suspension, and Richard Hamilton because of flu-like symptoms. Chris Webber
felt sick during the game and sat out the second quarter but returned in the
Antonio McDyess scored 20 points, including 13 in the second frame, after
Webber went to the locker room. Jason Maxiell, who started for Wallace,
finished with career highs in points with 19 and rebounds with 15 for the
Pistons, who snapped a two-game losing streak.
Flip Murray started in place of Hamilton and scored 16 points for Detroit,
which shot 57 percent.
“I’ve said over the last four games, we have a better plus-minus with our subs
on the floor than our starters,” said Detroit coach Flip Saunders. “So as a
coach, you become more apt to go to those other guys a little bit earlier.”
Ersan Ilyasova deposited 21 points, Charlie Bell 17, and Michael Redd 14 for
the Bucks, who after winning their first two games under new coach Larry
Krystkowiak have dropped two in a row.
Trailing 26-18, Detroit embarked on a 20-5 run, capped by a McDyess layup
which put the Pistons ahead, 38-31, with a little over 6 1/2 minutes to go
in the second quarter.
Detroit shot 80 percent and outscored Milwaukee 37-18 in the second quarter on
its way to a 59-44 lead at the half.
Prince scored 15 points in the third stanza and the Pistons maintained their
15-point cushion 87-72 heading into the final quarter.
Detroit started the fourth quarter with a 10-0 run, capped by a Maxiell layup
giving the Pistons a 97-72 advantage with 8:39 to go.
Detroit, who outrebounded Milwaukee 46-33, was never threatened thereafter.
“The first fourteen minutes of the game I was pretty pleased,” said
Krystkowiak. “Then we had some lulls and had a heck of a time rebounding the
basketball, which was the finishing point on a lot of those possessions – they
got multiple offensive rebounds. I thought we kind of took that with us down
to the offensive end. We weren’t executing that well.”
Wallace’s earned an automatic one-game suspension after he was called for his
18th technical foul of the season Friday against San
Antonio…Milwaukee shot 43.9 percent…Detroit blocked eight shots…Saunders
was given a technical foul with 4:15 left in the third quarter…Milwaukee has
been depleted by injuries all season and will be without Andrew Bogut and
Charlie Villanueva the remainder of the season.