Final / OT

Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/26

Game 1: Saturday, November 26th
Game 2: Wednesday, January 25th
Game 3: Friday, March 31st
Game 4: Monday, April 17th

Bucks 102

(21-20, 10-11 away)

Pistons 106

(35-5, 18-2 home)

7:30 PM ET, January 25, 2006

The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

1 2 3 4 OT T
MIL 27 17 21 27 10102
DET 24 26 24 18 14106

Top Performers

Mil: M. Redd 41 Pts, 9 Reb, 8 Ast

Det: R. Hamilton 35 Pts, 3 Reb, 4 Ast, 4 Stl

Billups scores 11 in OT as Pistons go 35-5

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- The Detroit Pistons think Chauncey Billups should be an All-Star because of his versatility.

Wednesday night, he took that to an extreme.

After not taking a single shot while dishing out eight first-half assists, Billups scored 23 points after the intermission, including 11 in overtime, to help the Pistons beat Milwaukee 106-102.

"You talk about a point guard that can do everything -- that's Chauncey," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said after Detroit's ninth straight win. "He can make the 3, he can pass, he can defend, he makes free throws and he scores."

Billups said that he knew he had to shoot more after the break.

"In the first half, I was breaking down the defense, and guys were wide open," he said. "But they made some adjustments, so I knew if I was aggressive, I would get some open looks."

The win gave the Pistons (35-5) the fourth-best 40-game record in league history. The Chicago Bulls (1995-96), Philadelphia 76ers (1966-67) and Los Angeles Lakers (1971-72) all started 37-3. No team has started 36-4, and the Bulls went 35-5 in both 1991-92 and 1996-97.

"We don't care about the numbers," Ben Wallace said. "We just want to add them up at the end of the season and come up with home-court advantage."

The Pistons had to overcome 41 points from Michael Redd, including 31 in the second half. It matched his career high.

"He was really good," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "He would make some really big shots, but then they would make a big shot."

Detroit led 87-77 with 3:30 to play in regulation, but Redd and Maurice Williams combined for 13 points in a 15-5 run that forced overtime.

"We get up for the good teams," Redd said.

Redd and Williams scored six straight points to put the Bucks up 98-94 in the extra session, but Rasheed Wallace hit a 3-pointer and Billups followed with a jumper to give Detroit the lead with 57.8 seconds left.

Rasheed Wallace then stole the ball from Andrew Bogut, and Billups hit a 3-pointer to give the Pistons a 102-98 lead.

Billups clinched the game with four free throws as the crowd chanted "M-V-P".

"He's a great player," Redd said. "We had the game in our pocket, but he hit those big shots in overtime, and Rasheed hit a three. They have a lot of guys who can make big shots."

Richard Hamilton led Detroit with 35 points.

Bogut and Bobby Simmons had 14 each for Milwaukee.

The Bucks led for much of the first half, but the Pistons put together a late run to take a 50-44 lead at the intermission.

Redd got the Bucks back into the game early in the third, scoring eight points in four minutes to pull Milwaukee within 54-52.

Hamilton and Billups hit back-to-back 3-pointers to give the Pistons some breathing room, and the Pistons finished the period with a a 74-65 lead. The backcourt duo scored all 24 of Detroit's points in the period -- 12 each -- while Redd had 14 in the quarter for the Bucks.

Milwaukee cut the lead to 87-83 with 2:47 left on a pair of Williams 3-pointers, and Rasheed Wallace followed by missing two free throws.

Simmons' layup made it a two-point game, but Hamilton appeared to put the game away with five quick points.

Redd, though, scored the next five, and after a Rasheed Wallace miss, the Bucks got the ball with 27 seconds left, trailing 92-90.

This time, Redd hit an off-balance jumper, tying the game with 14.2 seconds to go, and Rasheed Wallace's long 3-pointer rattled in and out with one second to go.

"The 3-pointer in overtime was huge, but if 'Sheed had hit the one in regulation, we could have gone home a lot earlier," Saunders joked.

Game notes

Hamilton went 10-for-13 in the third and fourth quarters, while the rest of the Pistons went a combined 6-for-23. ... Milwaukee was called for a technical in the third quarter for a second delay-of-game offense. ... The Pistons' 35-5 start also matches the record-setting start of another famous Detroit team -- the World Series-winning 1984 Tigers. "People have been talking about 35-5 and the Tigers a lot lately, but the reason that people remember it is that they won the championship," Saunders said. "If we don't win the title, no one will remember that we were 35-5."

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Team Stat Comparison

Points 102 106
FGM-FGA 41-85 (.482) 40-84 (.476)
3PM-3PA 10-17 (.588) 9-22 (.409)
FTM-FTA 10-13 (.769) 17-22 (.773)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 10-41 8-35
Assists 21 30
Turnovers 22 14
Steals 4 11
Blocks 3 6
Fast Break Points 20 20
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 25 (1/0) 16 (0/0)
Largest Lead 5 12

Top Performers

Michael Redd Redd
Points: 41
Reb: 9
Ast: 8
Stl: 0
Blk: 0
Richard Hamilton Hamilton
Points: 35
Reb: 3
Ast: 4
Stl: 4
Blk: 0