"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.
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.