Regular Season Series (Game 1 of 2)

Series starts 10/13

Game 1: Thursday, October 13th
Game 2: Wednesday, October 19th

Bucks 88

(1-1, 1-1 away)

Pistons 95

(2-0, 2-0 home)

7:30 PM ET, October 13, 2005

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

1 2 3 4 T
MIL 21 23 20 2488
DET 23 16 28 2895

Billups, Darko aid Pistons' preseason cause

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Chauncey Billups scored 16 points and Darko Milicic added 10 points and nine rebounds helping the Detroit Pistons beat the Milwaukee Bucks 95-88 in a preseason game Thursday night.

Tayshaun Prince added 10 points for Detroit while Ben Wallace had eight points and 13 rebounds.

Maurice Williams led the Bucks with 19 points, while former Michigan State star Charlie Bell, who last played in the NBA in 2002, had 12.

Milwaukee was missing three key players to injury -- Michael Redd (groin), T.J. Ford (hand) and Joe Smith (knee). Andrew Bogut, the top pick in this year's draft, started and scored three points in 21 minutes. He had six rebounds and four fouls.

Detroit led early with its starters on the floor, but Milwaukee took a 44-39 halftime lead against the Pistons reserves.

Billups hit three 3-pointers early in the third quarter to help the Pistons lead 67-64 at period's end.

Both teams went to their benches again for the fourth quarter, but this time the Pistons held on. Maurice Evans had six points in an 12-3 run that gave Detroit a 79-69 lead with 8:09 to go, and the Bucks never seriously threatened.

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