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Gradual begin to 4th quarter dooms Pistons to 4th straight loss


Gradual begin to 4th quarter dooms Pistons to 4th straight loss

MILWAUKEE (AP) — After a poor third quarter price them a nine-point halftime lead, the Milwaukee Bucks got here out firing to begin the fourth.

The Bucks started the ultimate interval on a 14-1 run and held on for a 104-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday evening.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 factors and 10 rebounds, and Khris Middleton had 21 factors, together with 4 free throws within the remaining 20 seconds to assist the Bucks win for the fourth time in 5 video games. Eric Bledsoe added 22 factors.

“We simply stayed with it,” Middleton stated. “We did an excellent job of holding onto the lead. We’ve got simply been grinding it out and staying with it.”

Milwaukee took a 60-51 lead into halftime, however Detroit outscored the Bucks 25-16 within the third quarter to ship the sport to the fourth tied at 76.

The Bucks took a 90-77 lead on a jumper by Malcolm Brogdon with 6:42 remaining. Together with the top of the third quarter, Detroit went 7:57 and not using a area aim till Tobias Harris scored with 5:12 left.

Andre Drummond scored 27 factors with 20 rebounds for Detroit, which misplaced its fourth straight.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy blamed the sluggish begin to the fourth quarter on the Pistons bench gamers.

“Our bench has not performed effectively on this journey,” Van Gundy stated. “We perhaps have to vary up our rotations. Our bench has been actually, actually good for us, however now has not been.”

Reggie Jackson’s jumper pulled Detroit inside 97-94, however Bledsoe tipped in his personal miss to make it 99-94 with 32.1 seconds to play.

“Giannis and Bledsoe made some massive performs down the stretch with some offensive rebounds,” Bucks coach Jason Kidd stated. “Simply the boldness that these two have in each other and within the workforce is nice. No person is panicking attempting to execute the play.”

Milwaukee led 64-53 after an alley-oop dunk by John Henson with 9:55 left within the third quarter.

The Pistons answered with a 14-2 spurt to take a 67-66 lead. Harris scored the ultimate eight factors of the run, together with a Three-pointer to cap the stretch with 6:09 remaining within the third.

Harris had 21 factors, and Avery Bradley scored 20.

“We simply have to maintain our head up,” Drummond stated. “We are able to’t permit these losses to get us down. It’s a lengthy season.”


Pistons: Ahead Jon Leuer was out with a left ankle sprain. … After coming off the bench Monday in opposition to San Antonio, ahead Stanley Johnson returned to the beginning lineup. Ahead Anthony Tolliver moved to the bench.

Bucks: Guard Jason Terry is anticipated to overlook a number of weeks with a left calf pressure suffered Monday in opposition to Boston. … Taking part in double-digit minutes for the primary time since Oct. 31, guard Rashad Vaughn scored 11 factors in 17 minutes.


Antetokounmpo celebrated his 23rd birthday Wednesday. He has probably the most factors (5,364), rebounds (2,407) and assists (1,230) in Bucks historical past earlier than turning 23.

His 30 video games of scoring at the least 30 factors earlier than reaching 23 years outdated is second to solely Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 32 in franchise historical past.


Former Marquette star and Wisconsin native Henry Ellenson returned to the constructing the place he performed school basketball. Ellenson has performed in simply 9 video games for Detroit this season, averaging four.2 factors and a couple of.6 rebounds.


Pistons: Detroit hosts Golden State on Friday evening.

Bucks: Milwaukee continues a three-game homestand in opposition to Dallas on Friday evening.

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