Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 4)

Series starts 11/27

Game 1: Saturday, November 27th
Game 2: Friday, January 21st
Game 3: Monday, February 14th
Game 4: Friday, April 15th

Pistons 90

(6-7, 1-6 away)

Bucks 96

(4-7, 4-1 home)

    8:00 PM ET, November 27, 2004

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 22 26 17 2590
    MIL 33 16 22 2596

    Top Performers

    Det: T. Prince 20 Pts, 9 Reb, 5 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Mil: M. Redd 29 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 1 Stl

    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.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 90 96
    FGM-FGA 35-67 (.522) 38-75 (.507)
    3PM-3PA 0-11 (.000) 9-18 (.500)
    FTM-FTA 20-23 (.870) 11-13 (.846)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-31 8-27
    Assists 22 26
    Turnovers 18 15
    Steals 7 7
    Blocks 5 1
    Fast Break Points 3 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (0/0) 25 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Tayshaun Prince Prince
    Points: 20
    Reb: 9
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Michael Redd Redd
    Points: 29
    Reb: 3
    Ast: 4
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0