Milwaukee (28-24) at Detroit (33-22)

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  • Game info: 7:30 pm EST Wed Feb 18, 2004
  • TV: FSN, WKBD
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The Milwaukee Bucks will have to wait a little longer to get new forward Keith Van Horn on the court.

Acquired from the New York Knicks on Sunday, Van Horn will not play when the Bucks meet the struggling Detroit Pistons at the Palace of Auburn Hills.

In a three-way deal that also involved the Atlanta Hawks, the Bucks acquired Van Horn in exchange for forward Tim Thomas and reserve center Joel Przybilla. Van Horn will join the Bucks for Saturday’s game against the Los Angeles Clippers after returning to New Jersey to prepare his wife and four children for the move.

“It gives us three days,” Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. “That’s pretty good, be like throwing a little minicamp for him. Gives us a chance to really go over everything with him and make sure he grasps as much of it as possible.”

While the Bucks await Van Horn’s arrival, they will try to win for the third time in four games.

All-Star guard Michael Redd scored 27 points Tuesday, leading the Bucks to a 127-104 win over the lowly Orlando Magic. Joe Smith added 17 points and 10 rebounds, and rookie point guard T.J. Ford matched his season high with 12 assists for Milwaukee.

“Everyone got involved at both ends of the court,” Redd said. “We were aggressive and pushed the ball up the court.”

While the Bucks hope for their momentum to carry over, the Pistons will be trying to avoid their first seven-game losing streak of the season. Detroit has not won since beating the Miami Heat 102-100 in overtime on Feb. 2.

Chauncey Billups scored 26 points Tuesday, but only two other Pistons reached double figures in a 92-88 loss to the New York Knicks. Richard Hamilton scored just nine points and finished 3-of-20 from the field.

For the second straight game, Pistons coach Larry Brown decided to start forward Darvin Ham over Tayshaun Prince.

“The only reason is it was (listed that way) in the program, and that’s the God’s honest truth,” Brown said.

Ham was scoreless in 20 minutes, while Prince had five points in 29 minutes off the bench.

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