Regular Season Series (Game 3 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

Bucks 83

(20-29, 6-19 away)

Pistons 107

(31-19, 19-7 home)

    7:30 PM ET, February 14, 2005

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 24 17 17 2583
    DET 26 32 27 22107

    Top Performers

    Mil: E. Strickland 18 Pts, 4 Reb, 2 Ast

    Det: C. Arroyo 15 Pts, 2 Reb, 6 Ast, 3 Stl


    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Chauncey Billups couldn't believe his eyes.

    Billups was scanning the box score after the Detroit Pistons' 107-83 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday night when he saw two numbers that stunned him.

    "I've seen games where we've had 32 assists before," said Billups, who finished with 17 points, five assists and no turnovers. "But 32 assists and four turnovers? That's unreal."

    The four turnovers matched a franchise low, and the 32 assists gave Detroit at least 30 in three straight games for the first time since Jan. 1987.

    "It's fun playing basketball like this," All-Star forward Ben Wallace said. "Everyone is playing hard and everyone is touching the ball. When you play like this, the energy gets contagious."

    The Pistons won for the eighth time in nine games and completed a dominant 3-0 homestand. In five days, they beat the Los Angeles Lakers, Washington Wizards and Milwaukee by an average of 22.3 points.

    "We are playing about as well as we can play," coach Larry Brown said. "Getting 32 assists and four turnovers is just great."

    Milwaukee was missing Michael Redd (finger) for the second game in a row. The Bucks had a three-game winning streak snapped.

    "With Michael out, our guys just couldn't make the perimeter shots," Bucks coach Terry Porter said. "You have to be able to do that against this team."

    Rasheed Wallace had 17 points and 10 rebounds for Detroit, which had six players in double figures. Ben Wallace had 11 points and 12 rebounds.

    Erick Strickland led Milwaukee with 18 points, and former Piston Mike James scored 13.

    "It was great to be back," said James, who hadn't played at the Palace since helping Detroit beat the Lakers in the NBA Finals last year. "The Pistons are still the team to beat."

    Detroit broke it open in the last 4:42 of the first half. They were leading only 44-39 when backup forward Antonio McDyess was ejected for arguing with referee Derrick Stafford.

    That seemed to energize Detroit, which held Milwaukee to just two points the rest of the quarter and took a 17-point edge into halftime. Rasheed Wallace scored eight of his 13 first-half points in the 14-2 run.

    Detroit didn't make anything easier for the Bucks after halftime, scoring the first nine points of the third quarter to go up 67-41. Milwaukee went scoreless for more than six minutes spanning the second and third.

    "The Pistons had 21 fast-break points in the first half, and they aren't a fast-break team," Porter said. "We just had too many turnovers, and then we couldn't get anything at all at the beginning of the second half. I'm disappointed."

    The Pistons led 85-58 at the end of the third and cruised the rest of the way.

    Game notes

    The Pistons have won six straight at home. ... Redd is day-to-day. ... Monday was Richard Hamilton's 27th birthday. ... Darko Milicic scored eight points in 13 minutes, surpassing the career-best seven points he had Saturday against Washington.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 83 107
    FGM-FGA 35-81 (.432) 41-78 (.526)
    3PM-3PA 5-17 (.294) 7-18 (.389)
    FTM-FTA 8-14 (.571) 18-30 (.600)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-41 10-40
    Assists 22 32
    Turnovers 14 4
    Steals 4 7
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 7 28
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 22 (0/0) 13 (3/0)
    Largest Lead 6 30

    Top Performers

    Erick Strickland Strickland
    Points: 18
    Reb: 4
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Carlos Arroyo Arroyo
    Points: 15
    Reb: 2
    Ast: 6
    Stl: 3
    Blk: 0