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Detroit at Milwaukee

Pistons 93, Bucks 81

CBSSports.com wire reports
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MILWAUKEE -- Tayshaun Prince sees better days ahead for the Detroit Pistons.

He scored a season-high 18 points on 7-of-11 shooting and Rodney Stuckey added 18 to help the Pistons beat the Milwaukee Bucks 93-81 on Tuesday night.

"It's a matter of time before we get back in our flow," Prince said. "It takes a while. You want it to come back as soon as you step on the basketball court, but in this game, it doesn't happen that way."

Prince, who missed 26 games with a small ruptured disc in his lower back and six with a sore left knee, had his best game of the 18 he has played this season.

Leading 64-62 going into the fourth, the Bucks tied it twice before Jason Maxiell's short jumper ignited a 16-6 run that turned the game decisively in the Pistons' favor. Ben Gordon's jumper capped the run and gave Detroit an 87-75 lead with 2:50 to go and they never looked back.

Detroit shot 65 percent in the fourth and outscored the Bucks 29-19.

Pistons coach John Kuester liked the contribution he got from Gordon and Maxiell off the bench and Stuckey from the starting lineup.

"We had a number of guys do a great job contributing," Kuester said. "I've been seeing this progression."

Stuckey had his fifth consecutive game in double digits. Maxiell had 13 in the Pistons' 99-92 victory against the New Jersey Nets on Feb. 6.

Gordon scored seven of his 18 in the fourth quarter for the Pistons (18-32), who had lost six of their previous eight games. Stuckey scored six points during the game-changing run and finished with seven assists.

Rookie Brandon Jennings was 5 for 16 from the floor as he struggled to find his shooting stroke for the sixth consecutive game. He scored 11 of his 18 points in the second half and helped rally the Bucks in the third.

Andrew Bogut added 17 points and 18 rebounds for the Bucks (23-27), who had crept back into playoff contention with five wins in their previous six games. They were unbeaten in seven home games in 2010.

"We didn't make shots," said Bogut, who was 8 for 21. "It was one of those games where you don't make shots, it looks worse than it is. The energy was decent. It was the matter of putting the ball in the basket. We couldn't do that tonight."

The Pistons capitalized on the Bucks' disastrous 4-for-25 shooting and jumped out to a 20-9 lead at the end of the first quarter.

"Normally, it's tough to win games when you get nine points in a quarter," Bucks coach Scott Skiles said. "We never could get anything going."

Jennings shook off a 2-for-9 first-half shooting slump with 10 points early in the third to help the Bucks erase the Pistons' 45-38 halftime lead. His fastbreak layup gave the Bucks a 53-52 lead, their first since midway through the first.

Luc Richard Mbah a Moute's reverse layup with 2:53 left in the quarter gave the Bucks a brief 60-56 lead, but the Pistons answered with an 8-0 run to go ahead 64-60.

Notes

The Bucks were 4 for 25 (16 percent) while the Pistons went 9 for 19 (47.4 percent) in the first quarter. ... Attendance was way off as a severe winter storm was expected to bring 10 to 14 inches of snow to the Milwaukee area before tapering off by midnight. The upper level was essentially empty while some sections closer to the floor had more empty seats than occupied ones. ... Pistons' rookie F Jonas Jerebko grabbed a career-high 13 rebounds.

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Scoreboard
Detroit (18-32) «2025192993
Milwaukee (23-27) 929241981
DET:B. Gordon 18 Pts
DET:J. Jerebko 13 Reb
DET:R. Stuckey 7 Ast
MIL:B. Jennings 18 Pts
MIL:A. Bogut 18 Reb
MIL:B. Jennings 5 Ast
Players of the Game
MilwaukeeDetroit

A. Bogut

R. Stuckey
PtsRebsAstPtsRebsAst
171831857
Detroit
R. Stuckey, PG389-190-057518
R. Hamilton, SG384-126-624015
T. Prince, SF307-112-331118
B. Wallace, C250-30-05100
J. Jerebko, SF213-60-213146
B. Gordon, SG256-124-422018
J. Maxiell, PF257-110-0101214
W. Bynum, PG191-52-22234
C. Villanueva, PF190-50-04030
C. Atkins, PGDid Not Play
A. Daye, SFDid Not Play
D. Summers, SFDid Not Play
K. Brown, CDid Not Play
C. Wilcox, CDid Not Play
Totals 37-8414-1746191893
 44.0%82.4% 
Milwaukee
C. Bell, SG415-84-431315
L. Mbah a Moute, SF384-81-211229
C. Delfino, SG373-110-04439
B. Jennings, PG345-166-835218
A. Bogut, C348-211-2183117
J. Stackhouse, SF162-60-00114
L. Ridnour, PG142-63-30037
H. Warrick, PF141-40-03022
E. Ilyasova, SF100-20-04010
J. Meeks, SG10-00-01000
F. Elson, CDid Not Play
K. Thomas, PFDid Not Play
D. Gadzuric, CDid Not Play
M. Redd, SGDid Not Play
J. Alexander, SFDid Not Play
Totals 30-8215-1947161881
 36.6%78.9% 
Other Games
NJ 97 Final
Cle 104
Chi 109 Final
Ind 101
Min 97 Final
Phi 119
Wash 92 Final
Char 94
Hou 66 Final
Mia 99
Sac 118 Final
NY 114
Atl 108 Final
Mem 94
Dal 91 Final
Den 127
OKC 89 Final
Port 77
Utah 109 Final
LAC 99