Detroit wins series 4-1 (Game 3 of 5)

Detroit wins series 4-1

Game 1: Sunday, April 23rd
Game 2: Wednesday, April 26th
Game 3: Saturday, April 29th
Game 4: Monday, May 1st
Game 5: Wednesday, May 3rd

Pistons 104

(64-18, 27-14 away)

Bucks 124

(40-42, 25-16 home)

7:00 PM ET, April 29, 2006

BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

1 2 3 4 T
DET 27 27 20 30104
MIL 30 31 29 34124

Top Performers

Det: C. Billups 26 Pts, 6 Reb, 6 Ast, 2 Stl

Mil: M. Redd 40 Pts, 5 Reb, 2 Ast

Redd scores 40, Ford adds 15 assists in Bucks win

MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Michael Redd is teaching the Milwaukee Bucks how to win in the playoffs, and it's a formula the Detroit Pistons know well -- poise, persistence and prolific shooting.

Redd scored 40 points and T.J. Ford had a career-high 15 assists to lead the Bucks to their first home playoff victory over the Pistons in 30 years, 124-104 on Saturday night.

The Bucks shot 60 percent from the field and set a season high for points by an opponent against the Pistons, who lead the Eastern Conference series 2-1.

"Phase one is done," Redd said. "We stayed poised and they met their match."

Game 4 is Monday night in Milwaukee, and the young Bucks needed a win after being blown out in the first two games in Detroit.

"Nobody can ever say now that this Bucks team hasn't won a playoff game in a while," rookie Andrew Bogut said. "It's just great to get your first win."

Redd set a playoff career high for points, three off his overall career high, and Ford finally found his rhythm at the point, adding seven points and seven rebounds. Mo Williams scored 20 points, Jamaal Magloire had 12 and Bobby Simmons and Toni Kukoc 10 each for the Bucks.

Chauncey Billups led six players in double figures for Detroit with 26 points, while Rasheed Wallace added 18.

But Detroit's frustration boiled over as Milwaukee finally accomplished its goals coming into the series by moving the ball, forcing the Pistons to run and using its deep bench to bury the NBA's best team in the regular season.

"We kind of went away from what we did in the first two games," Pistons forward Tayshaun Prince said. "Why? I don't know."

The Bucks' third quarter made the fourth a formality outside of an elbow by Richard Hamilton to Redd's face that resulted in a flagrant foul.

Detroit, which shot 49 percent, trailed by as many 26 and Pistons coach Flip Saunders emptied his bench with 3:13 to play.

"You can't play out of character," Saunders said. "You have to exert your will on how you want to play. We took sometimes the path of least resistance."

Milwaukee shot a blistering 66 percent in the third quarter. Most of that was Ford finding Redd, who finished 14-of-21 from the field and 4-of-5 from 3-point range.

"Good offense leads to good defense," Redd said. "Getting an open shot is better than shooting a poor shot and trying to get back on defense."

Redd scored 15 points in the third quarter and eight in just over a minute, first hitting a 3 off a pass from Ford, who found the sharpshooter again on a give-and-go during a fast break on the ensuing possession.

"That's what he does best ... breaking the defense down and getting in those little cracks," Redd said of Ford.

Hamilton also got a technical foul for arguing during the spurt, and Redd made it 86-62 on the ensuing free throws and a jumper off a pass by Ford, one of 34 assists by the Bucks after having 30 total in the first two games.

"Playing against the best team in the NBA, going against some of the best players, I want to do well," Ford said. "Tonight, I showcased it and I just have got to try, no, I've got to do it again."

While one Wallace showed up for the Pistons, the other one -- fellow All-Star Ben Wallace -- picked up two fouls early in the first and was ineffective with one point, one blocked shot and five rebounds in 29 minutes.

Game notes

Kukoc, who missed the first two games of the series with back spasms that forced him to spend a night in the hospital, played 21 minutes. ... Saunders said that Hamilton, who played 31 minutes and had 10 points coming off tweaking his ankle, would not be out there if he was injured. "When a guy steps on the floor, he's going to be 100 percent," Saunders said. "I'm not changing anything I do with my own players." ... The Bucks' only home victory against Detroit in the playoffs was in 1976, when Milwaukee won the first game of the series, then lost the last two. The Bucks didn't win a home game in 1989 or 2004 series against the Pistons.

Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


Team Stat Comparison

Points 104 124
FGM-FGA 34-70 (.486) 47-78 (.603)
3PM-3PA 11-28 (.393) 11-17 (.647)
FTM-FTA 25-37 (.676) 19-22 (.864)
Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 8-30 8-35
Assists 22 34
Turnovers 11 12
Steals 7 7
Blocks 3 3
Fast Break Points 13 14
Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 21 (1/1) 27 (1/0)
Largest Lead 6 26

Top Performers

Chauncey Billups Billups
Points: 26
Reb: 6
Ast: 6
Stl: 2
Blk: 0
Michael Redd Redd
Points: 40
Reb: 5
Ast: 2
Stl: 0
Blk: 0