Pistons 85, Bucks 76

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MILWAUKEE (AP)—Once Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton got Michael Redd contained, the Detroit Pistons had no more trouble with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Hamilton scored 20 points, and the Pistons held Milwaukee scoreless for more than four minutes late in their 85-76 victory over the Bucks on Saturday night.

Tayshaun Prince and Billups each scored 17 for Detroit, which improved to an NBA-best 10-2 a night after a double-overtime loss to Washington.

Redd scored 19 of his 23 points in the second half, including 16 in an eight-minute span that pulled the Bucks within 73-72 with 5:06 left.

That’s when Billups and Hamilton started hounding the Milwaukee guard, and Redd missed his final three shots. Without their leading scorer making shots, the Bucks didn’t score again until the final minute, when the game already had been decided

“I just didn’t want to let him run free,” Billups said. “He’s a tough cover. Every time he puts that ball, he’s got a chance to make that shot. He missed some shots. It was good D, but he missed some shots.”

The Bucks missed 13 of 18 shots in the fourth quarter.

“They pretty much pushed up the pressure and forced us to shoot at the end of the shot clock,” said Milwaukee’s Bobby Simmons, who missed eight of 11 shots in the game, including both of his fourth-quarter attempts. “They did a good job.”

Ben Wallace had 18 rebounds for Detroit.

“It was a tough game, coming off a back-to-back with a double-overtime game,” Wallace said. “The good teams are the ones who find ways to win games.”

Milwaukee trailed most of the second half and was behind 73-64 with 7:08 left after Rasheed Wallace’s 5-footer capped a 10-2 run. After Jamaal Magloire sank a free throw, Redd scored seven consecutive points to make it a one-point game.

“To our credit we came back and located him in the last few minutes, and didn’t give him any good looks,” Detroit coach Flip Saunders said.

Billups made a 3-pointer to give Detroit a 76-72 lead with 4 minutes left, and Hamilton sank a 13-footer to make it 78-72 with 2:58 to go. Rasheed Wallace hit a free throw and Billups made two free throws to give the Pistons an 81-72 lead with 38 seconds left.

Milwaukee didn’t score again until Magloire made a layup with 36 seconds left and the game decided.

“That’s disappointing,” Redd said of the fourth quarter. “I don’t know if we weren’t aggressive enough or if it was their defense.”

Magloire had 17 rebounds for Milwaukee, which has lost four of five. The 76 points were a season low for the Bucks, who had their lowest-scoring game since a 99-73 loss to Detroit last April 15.

Detroit took the lead for good 46-44 on Prince’s short hook with 8:34 left in the third quarter. The Pistons extended the lead to 61-50 on Prince’s two free throws with 1:45 to go in the quarter, but the Bucks used a 9-2 run to pull within 63-59 at the end of the period.


Milwaukee F Joe Smith had a sore left knee and was inactive for the game. … The Bucks scored 35 points in the first half, a season low for a half. … It was the Bucks’ first loss in six games against Eastern Conference teams this season. … Redd missed 13 of his 20 shots.

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