Regular Season Series (Game 4 of 4)

Series starts 11/28

Game 1: Friday, November 28th
Game 2: Saturday, December 27th
Game 3: Saturday, February 7th
Game 4: Tuesday, February 17th

Bucks 92

(27-29, 11-20 away)

Pistons 86

(27-25, 14-14 home)

    Coverage: FSWI

    7:30 PM ET, February 17, 2009

    The Palace of Auburn Hills, Detroit, MI

    1 2 3 4 T
    MIL 29 21 24 1892
    DET 17 20 24 2586

    Top Performers

    Mil: R. Jefferson 29 Pts, 5 Reb, 5 Ast

    Det: A. McDyess 24 Pts, 14 Reb, 2 Ast, 2 Blk

    Year after going 34-7 at home, Pistons suffer 14th loss at Palace

    Associated Press

    AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Teams aren't as uncomfortable playing at the Palace as they used to be. At least not visiting teams.

    Richard Jefferson scored 29 points and Ramon Sessions added 17 and the Milwaukee Bucks beat Detroit 92-86 on Tuesday night, sending the Pistons to their 14th home loss of the season.

    Detroit is 2-9 at the Palace in the last six weeks, a year after going 34-7 at home.

    "You are supposed to play your best basketball at home, and we obviously aren't doing that," Allen Iverson said. "I don't think there's any focus. It's easy to be focused when you are on the road and have 20,000 of their fans cheering against you, but you can't come home and expect your fans to win the games for you. They help, but you've got to play."

    The Bucks overcame 24 points and 14 rebounds from Antonio McDyess to pull within two games of Detroit in the Eastern Conference standings.

    Malik Allen added a season-high 14 points for Milwaukee, which won its third straight.

    "Our guys were flawless when it came to executing the game plan," Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles said. "We got up on their shooters, which we didn't do last week. We contested shots and made them miss."

    Richard Hamilton had 22 points for the Pistons, who have lost four straight.

    "People look at this team and see three faces from the 2004 championship, but this is a different team," Detroit coach Michael Curry said. "We've tried some things to get this team more used to playing well here, but we just aren't playing good basketball anywhere right now."

    Curry juggled the starting lineup again, putting McDyess in place of Amir Johnson, but it didn't help in the first half. Milwaukee led by as many as 17 on their way to a 50-37 halftime lead. Jefferson had 19 points in the half.

    The Pistons continued to struggle offensively in the third quarter, but were still within 11 points until Allen's buzzer-beating jumper gave the Bucks a 74-61 lead going into the final period.

    Milwaukee had a double-digit lead with 8 minutes left, but the Pistons pulled within 80-79 on McDyess' three-point play 2 minutes later.

    Sessions, who had 44 points against the Pistons on Feb. 7, helped Detroit by missing two free throws, but Jefferson kept Milwaukee in front with a three-point play and a 3-pointer.

    McDyess made it 88-86 with a minute to play, but Jefferson made one free throw at the other end.

    Stuckey missed a short jumper, and the Bucks clinched the game from the line.

    "We had a three or four-minute stretch where we slipped up a bit, but it wasn't much," Skiles said. "We relied on our defense, got some stops when we needed them and fought for the win."

    Game notes

    McDyess became the 10th player to start for the Pistons this season. ... Detroit is 23-25 since Iverson joined the team after being acquired for Chauncey Billups. ... The Pistons were trying for their first ever season sweep of Milwaukee.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 92 86
    FGM-FGA 32-79 (.405) 34-78 (.436)
    3PM-3PA 6-15 (.400) 4-14 (.286)
    FTM-FTA 22-29 (.759) 14-17 (.824)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-41 7-43
    Assists 19 24
    Turnovers 7 13
    Steals 5 3
    Blocks 4 7
    Fast Break Points 13 11
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/0) 20 (2/0)
    Largest Lead 17 2

    Top Performers

    Richard Jefferson Jefferson
    Points: 29
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0
    Antonio McDyess McDyess
    Points: 24
    Reb: 14
    Ast: 2
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 2