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Pistons are 2-3 without Big Ben

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd knew the Milwaukee Bucks needed a
fast start against the Detroit Pistons to snap a six-game losing
streak.

Keith Van Horn supplied the early offense, scoring 14 of his 20
points in the first period, and Redd added 20 of his 29 points in
the second half, helping the Bucks to a 96-90 win over the Pistons
on Saturday night.

"It was very important for us to come out and set the tempo,"
Redd said. "We had to get this monkey off our back and get a
win."

Maurice Williams added 10 points and a career-high 13 assists
for the Bucks, who charged to a 28-12 lead in the first quarter on
the way to their first win in two weeks. They last beat New Orleans
94-91 on Nov. 13.

Van Horn credited the Bucks' defense for their offensive
outburst.

"That really paid off on the offensive end with some open
looks," he said.

Tayshuan Prince and Rasheed Wallace each scored 20 points to
lead the Pistons.

Detroit was again without All-Star center Ben Wallace, who was
serving the fifth game of his six-game suspension for his Nov. 19
fight with Indiana Pacers star Ron Artest. The Pistons are 2-3
without Wallace in the lineup.

Detroit coach Larry Brown said the Pistons had a great change to
win the game, even without Ben Wallace.

"This was a winnable game and we gave it away," Brown said.
"Right now, we think we can turn it on anytime we want. We think
we are better than we really are."

The Pistons rallied from a 16-point, first-half deficit and took
a 90-89 lead with 2:15 remaining on Richard Hamilton's driving
layup.

Reserve center Eldon Campbell said falling behind early hurt the
Pistons.

"I'm curious why we keep doing this to ourselves," he said.
"We keep getting down early. I can't figure out why."

Redd's two free throws with 1:58 remaining gave the Bucks a
91-90 lead.

After the Pistons missed a shot, Redd hit a jumper from the top
of the key with 1:12 remaining to increase the lead to 93-90.

After Rasheed Wallace missed a short jumper with 1 minute
remaining, Redd missed a 3-pointer with 33 seconds left, but Mike
James got the rebound. Williams missed a driving layup with 12
seconds left, but Van Horn got the rebound and scored on a short
shot to give the Bucks a 95-90 lead with 9.8 seconds remaining.

Rasheed Wallace missed two 3-point attempts, Desmond Mason was
fouled with 1.5 seconds remaining and he made one of two shots to
seal it.

The Bucks used a 28-6 run in the first quarter to grab a 33-22
lead. The Bucks shot 72 percent in the quarter, including hitting
6-of-7 3-pointers. Van Horn had 14 points, including four
3-pointers, to lead the Bucks in the quarter.

The Pistons went on a 20-5 run late in the second quarter to cut
the lead to 49-48 at halftime.

Game notes
Bucks forward Joe Smith didn't suit up for the game. He's
listed as day to day with a strained left hip. Mason started in his
place. ... The Bucks' six-game losing streak was the longest since
the 1997-98 season when the team lost nine straight. ... The
Pistons are just 1-6 on the road, but 5-1 at home. With the loss
against the Bucks, Detroit coach Larry Brown still needs five wins
to move into sole possession of fourth place on the NBA victories
list.