Bucks 117, Pistons 90By Dana Gauruder, The Sports Xchange | The SportsXchange – Tue, Jan 29, 2013 10:10 PM EST
AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Brandon Jennings scored 30 points, including 20 in the third quarter, as the Milwaukee Bucks rolled past the Detroit Pistons 117-90 at The Palace on Tuesday. Mike Dunleavy had 17 points and Monta Ellis chipped in 14 points and six steals for the Bucks (24-19), who moved five games over .500 for the first time this season. Samuel Dalembert tossed in 12 points and 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which tied its season high in points and has scored at least 108 points in each of its past five games. The Bucks, who led by as much as 30, received 59 points from their bench. Rookie Andre Drummond had 18 points and a career-high 18 rebounds for Detroit (17-28), which had won the first two games of the season series. Greg Monroe added 14 points and eight rebounds. Brandon Knight, who had a career-high 31 points in a 104-102 victory over Orlando on Sunday, was limited to 10 points. Detroit sixth man Rodney Stuckey, who was deactivated against the Magic for disciplinary reasons, returned to action but was held to seven points. Jennings was relatively quiet in the first half, but he erupted after the break, particularly from long range. He had a personal 16-0 run that ended with four consecutive 3-pointers, turning the game into a blowout. The Bucks were up 85-56 when the barrage ended, and Milwaukee finished the quarter with a 91-68 lead. Jennings did virtually the same thing against Golden State on Saturday, scoring 18 of his 20 points in the third quarter during a 109-102 victory. Dunleavy scored 14 of Milwaukee's 32 first-half bench points as the Bucks erased an early 15-point deficit and took a 52-42 halftime lead. Ekpe Udoh also gave Milwaukee a lift with three putbacks as the Bucks outscored the Pistons 33-14 during the second quarter, ending it with a 21-4 run. Drummond was the Pistons' best player in the first half, contributing 12 points and 11 rebounds. NOTES: The Bucks have scored at least 100 points in eight of their first 11 games under new coach Jim Boylan, going 8-3 during that span. Boylan replaced Scott Skiles earlier this month. "Any time a coach gets fired, there's always a jolt," Pistons coach Lawrence Frank said. ... Reigning NASCAR Sprint Cup champion Brad Keselowski, who grew up in nearby Rochester Hills, was honored at halftime. ... Pistons center Andre Drummond came into the game ranked second among all players in offensive rebounding percentage at 15.8. Injured Cleveland center Anderson Varejao (16.7) leads that category. ... Bucks forward Ersan Ilyasova averaged 25.5 points and 12.3 rebounds the previous four games. He had just nine points and one rebounds Tuesday. ... Boylan tried to keep his team fresh by cancelling shootaround. The Bucks began a stretch of four games in five nights. ... Monroe averaged 20.3 points and 11.3 rebounds in his previous six games against Milwaukee. "We have some long guys but we really don't have any guys with a lot of girth," Boylan said. "His physical play around the basket has taken its toll on us."
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