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Milwaukee at Detroit

Milwaukee loses seventh straight road game, falls to Pistons

CBS SportsLine.com wire reports
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. -- Normally, the Detroit Pistons have too many big men.

Friday, they almost didn't have enough.

With several post players unavailable, Detroit needed key efforts from little-used reserves Nazr Mohammed and Jason Maxiell to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 96-86.

Detroit's problems started before the game, when Dale Davis was put on the inactive list for missing the morning shootaround. Things got worse in the third quarter, when Rasheed Wallace benched himself to avoid being ejected, a fate that quickly befell his replacement, Antonio McDyess.

That forced Mohammed and Maxiell into the game, and they quickly teamed up on two fast breaks that helped Detroit take a 72-62 lead into the final period.

"Nazr and Max were huge when we needed them," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said. "We called on them and they did a nice job."

Chauncey Billups led a balanced Pistons attack with 20 points, but passed much of the credit onto Mohammed, who has gone from the starting lineup to the end of the bench.

"Nazr is a pro," Billups said. "He's been out of the rotation, but he's working as hard as anyone else. When we needed him today, he was ready."

The Bucks, who are 2-14 since Jan. 1, have lost seven straight on the road.

"We've got to bounce back," Milwaukee coach Terry Stotts said. "Michael Redd will be back, hopefully next week, and we've just got to get back to where we were in December."

Both teams had six players in double figures.

Richard Hamilton added 18 points for the Pistons, while Tayshaun Prince had 14 and matched a career high with 12 rebounds.

Andrew Bogut led the Bucks with 21 points and 13 rebounds.

"We just lost a couple of games by 30, so this looks like a good effort," he said. "It we could stay mentally focused for two halves, we'd be fine."

Wallace picked up his 14th technical foul early in the third quarter, and will get an automatic one-game suspension after two more.

"It's a joke," Wallace said.

Moments later, Wallace asked Saunders to take him out because of his anger with the officials.

"He was frustrated, but he's learning what to do," Saunders said.

Milwaukee led for much of the first half, but the Pistons scored the final six points to take a 44-41 lead into the break.

The Bucks outrebounded Detroit 24-18 in the half, but didn't attempt a single free throw.

"Free-throw differential is one of Detroit's strengths," Stotts said. "But that's frustrating."

The teams continued to swap the lead in the third, but Prince made it 67-60 late in the quarter with two free throws on a possession he had kept alive with a pair of offensive rebounds.

Maxiell added a fast-break dunk after Mohammed blocked Earl Boykins' shot, and another long pass by Mohammed set up Maxiell's free throws.

"That gave us some energy," Billups said. "There are times you need that -- something like Nazr gave us or Tayshaun getting to the glass."

Boykins -- who is 17 inches shorter than Mohammed -- got some revenge with a 3-pointer midway through the fourth, cutting the margin to 77-73, but Wallace immediately hit one at the other end.

The Bucks came back again, pulling within 84-82 on Charlie Bell's layup with 2:52 left, but Billups answered with a 3-pointer at the other end and Wallace followed with another 3 to give Detroit an eight-point lead.

"It could have gone either way, but we made defensive mistakes in the last two or three minutes," Stotts said. "I'm proud of the way we played, but we're tired of trying to take things from losses."

Notes

Redd (knee) missed his 14th straight game, but Stotts said that he hopes Redd will return to practice on Monday and play next week. ... Davis, who is frustrated after losing most of his playing time to Chris Webber, said that he didn't sleep through his alarm clock. "I didn't set it," he said before the game.
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Scoreboard
Milwaukee (18-29) 2021212486
Detroit (27-18) «1925282496
MIL:A. Bogut 21 Pts
MIL:A. Bogut 13 Reb
MIL:M. Williams 7 Ast
DET:C. Billups 20 Pts
DET:T. Prince 12 Reb
DET:C. Billups 8 Ast
Players of the Game
DetroitMilwaukee

C. Billups

A. Bogut
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
203821133
Milwaukee
M. Williams, PG434-135-557415
A. Bogut, C419-183-5133421
C. Bell, SF404-122-235312
R. Patterson, SF387-112-461116
C. Villanueva, PF235-70-061410
E. Boykins, PG304-120-022110
B. Skinner, PF201-10-04062
D. Gadzuric, C60-30-01020
M. Redd, SGDid Not Play
B. Simmons, SFDid Not Play
L. Greer, PGDid Not Play
J. Hodge, SGDid Not Play
E. Ilyasova, SFDid Not Play
D. Markota, PFDid Not Play
D. Noel, SFDid Not Play
Totals 34-7712-1640192586
 44.2%75.0% 
Detroit
T. Prince, SF445-114-6121114
R. Wallace, PF375-142-273214
C. Billups, PG366-138-838220
R. Hamilton, SG366-126-713118
C. Webber, PF264-84-483312
C. Delfino, PG172-50-04104
J. Maxiell, PF174-84-620212
L. Hunter, SG120-10-01020
N. Mohammed, C90-10-04020
A. McDyess, PF81-40-02012
D. Davis, PFDid Not Play
R. Murray, SGDid Not Play
R. Dupree, SFDid Not Play
A. Johnson, PFDid Not Play
W. Blalock, PGDid Not Play
Totals 33-7728-3344191696
 42.9%84.8% 
Other Games
LAL 84 Final
Ind 95
GS 102 Final
Phi 101
Tor 103 Final
Atl 91
LAC 100 Final
Bos 89
Char 81 Final
Cle 101
NJ 86 Final
Orl 119
Min 83 Final
NO 90
Port 107 Final
Den 114
Chi 107 Final
Sea 101