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Middleton, Maker lead Bucks to 108-105 OT win over Pistons

MILWAUKEE (AP) �� Thon Maker remembered a tip from his coaches when the 7-foot-1 rookie went up for a missed shot: A tap back to an open teammate to save the possession can prove just as effective as securing the offensive rebound.

Khris Middleton hit a 3-pointer with 40.7 seconds left in overtime after Maker tipped an initial miss from Middleton right back to his teammate, and the Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 108-105 on Friday night.

Middleton hit the crucial 3 from nearly the exact same spot from behind the arc where he missed just seconds earlier before Maker gave him a second chance.

"That goes back to a few games ago, when our (coaches) were telling me to do that," Maker said. "You've just got to tip it back, you can't always grab it. Just playing to win."

Middleton had 25 points and 10 rebounds, while Maker scored a career-high 23 points.

It was a thrilling end to the month for the Bucks, who moved into fifth place in the Eastern Conference after going 14-4 in March. Milwaukee had its first 14-win month since a 16-2 record in February 1971.

The Bucks rallied from a 91-81 deficit with 5 minutes left in regulation.

"I think it just shows where the team is at mentally and physically," coach Jason Kidd said. "Being down and maybe not playing our best there, (we) still believed we could find a way to win."

Tobias Harris scored 23 points to lead the Pistons in a game of wild of swings. Detroit trailed by 18 in the first quarter, then led by 10 in the fourth quarter before the Bucks finished with a flourish.

"I thought we played hard and played well. We ran out of gas a little bit at the end," coach Stan Van Gundy said.

TIP INS

Pistons: Kentavious Caldwell-Pope was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving after police say he was spotted speeding in suburban Detroit early Wednesday morning. He was arrested after a field sobriety test and taken to the police station, where a breathalyzer test showed a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent. Caldwell-Pope was cited for operating while intoxicated and released.

"I'm just trying to move forward from it. Trying not to stress about it; trying to think about basketball," he said after the game. He finished with 17 points.

Added Van Gundy: "He's a guy we really believe in not only as a player, but as a high-character guy. ... We're aware of the situation and we'll let things run its course."

Bucks: Rookie G Malcolm Brogdon missed the game with a sore back. ... F Michael Beasley (left knee) returned after missing 17 games with a hyperextended left knee, scoring seven points in eight minutes.

GO-GO GIANNIS

All-Star Giannis Antetokounmpo led the Bucks' charge from a 91-81 deficit, scoring 10 points in the final 5 minutes of regulation. Maker's putback with 51 seconds left completed the rally, tying the score at 95.

The Bucks heeded the cries of "Defense!" from their fans in overtime at the Bradley Center. Caldwell-Pope hit a 3 with 1:22 left to tie the game at 102, but Detroit didn't hit another field goal until Ish Smith's 3 with 0.1 seconds left.

"It's a great lesson learned for us (showing) that the game isn't over because you start well," Kidd said.

Antetokounmpo finished with 28 points, 14 rebounds and nine assists.

PISTONS COMEBACK

Milwaukee looked at first like it would cruise to a win, hitting 7 of its first 9 attempts from 3-point range to build leads of 22-4 and 35-22 in the first quarter, before the Pistons started chipping away.

"I don't think we could have played any harder," Van Gundy said. "Some of their key guys really played well but the difference really came down to Thon Maker. He was a difference in the game."

UP NEXT

Pistons: Host the Toronto Raptors on April 5, when Detroit will try to even the season series at two games apiece.

Bucks: Host the Dallas Mavericks on Sunday. Kidd and guard Jason Terry played together in Dallas when the Mavericks won the NBA title in 2011.

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Key Players
A. Drummond
0 C
G. Antetokounmpo
34 SF
34.9 Min. Per Game 34.9
23.2 Pts. Per Game 23.2
5.3 Ast. Per Game 5.3
8.5 Reb. Per Game 8.5
53.5 Field Goal % 53.1
53.0 Three Point % 52.9
39.1 Free Throw % 76.4
+ 3 Ish Smith made 3-pt. jump shot 0:01
+ 1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:05
+ 1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 1st of 2 free throws 0:05
  Personal foul on Ish Smith 0:05
  Defensive rebound by Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:06
  Kentavious Caldwell-Pope missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:08
  20-second timeout called 0:10
  Defensive rebound by Aron Baynes 0:11
  Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:11
+ 1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 1st of 2 free throws 0:11
  Personal foul on Marcus Morris 0:11
Team Stats
Points 105 108
Field Goals 44-97 (45.4%) 35-84 (41.7%)
3-Pointers 7-30 (23.3%) 14-36 (38.9%)
Free Throws 10-16 (62.5%) 24-34 (70.6%)
Total Rebounds 61 57
Offensive 13 9
Defensive 41 39
Team 7 9
Assists 25 25
Steals 8 6
Blocks 4 3
Turnovers 12 12
Fouls 27 18
Technicals 1 1
23 PTS, 7 REB, 3 AST
28 PTS, 14 REB, 9 AST
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away team logo Pistons 35-42 2226252210105
home team logo Bucks 40-36 3521152413108
Team Stats
away team logo Pistons 35-42 102.5 PPG 46 RPG 25.0 APG
home team logo Bucks 40-36 122.0 PPG 48.3 RPG 27.5 APG
Key Players
T. Harris SF PPG RPG APG FG%
G. Antetokounmpo SF 27.7 PPG 12.5 RPG 5.9 APG 57.8 FG%
Top Scorers
T. Harris SF 23 PTS 7 REB 3 AST
G. Antetokounmpo SF 28 PTS 14 REB 9 AST
45.4 FG% 41.7
23.3 3PT FG% 38.9
62.5 FT% 70.6
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Caldwell-Pope 17 8 2 7/19 2/11 1/1 1 38 2 0 1 2 6 -10 30
I. Smith 16 4 5 7/20 2/6 0/0 5 32 0 0 2 0 4 -21 28
M. Morris 13 4 3 5/13 1/5 2/3 5 36 0 0 2 0 4 -16 21
J. Leuer 9 10 0 3/9 0/0 3/5 3 31 0 0 1 4 6 -7 18
A. Drummond 7 13 2 3/6 0/0 1/4 5 31 2 2 2 2 11 -7 26
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
K. Caldwell-Pope 17 8 2 7/19 2/11 1/1 1 38 2 0 1 2 6 -10 30
I. Smith 16 4 5 7/20 2/6 0/0 5 32 0 0 2 0 4 -21 28
M. Morris 13 4 3 5/13 1/5 2/3 5 36 0 0 2 0 4 -16 21
J. Leuer 9 10 0 3/9 0/0 3/5 3 31 0 0 1 4 6 -7 18
A. Drummond 7 13 2 3/6 0/0 1/4 5 31 2 2 2 2 11 -7 26
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
T. Harris 23 7 3 10/14 2/4 1/1 2 35 1 0 1 3 4 +12 36
B. Udrih 16 1 8 7/10 0/2 2/2 1 21 2 0 1 0 1 +18 34
A. Baynes 4 5 0 2/3 0/0 0/0 4 22 0 1 1 2 3 +4 9
S. Johnson 0 2 2 0/3 0/2 0/0 1 18 1 1 1 0 2 +12 7
R. Jackson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Gbinije - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Hilliard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 105 54 25 44/97 7/30 10/16 27 264 8 4 12 13 41 -15 209
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Antetokounmpo 28 14 9 7/16 0/1 14/21 3 45 1 2 4 2 12 +9 59
K. Middleton 25 10 1 9/16 4/7 3/3 2 43 1 0 3 2 8 +13 35
T. Maker 23 2 0 9/12 4/7 1/3 1 25 1 0 1 1 1 +26 25
M. Dellavedova 6 3 7 2/8 2/5 0/0 3 35 0 0 1 0 3 +21 22
T. Snell 2 4 1 0/6 0/4 2/2 3 35 1 0 0 0 4 +16 9
Starters PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
G. Antetokounmpo 28 14 9 7/16 0/1 14/21 3 45 1 2 4 2 12 +9 59
K. Middleton 25 10 1 9/16 4/7 3/3 2 43 1 0 3 2 8 +13 35
T. Maker 23 2 0 9/12 4/7 1/3 1 25 1 0 1 1 1 +26 25
M. Dellavedova 6 3 7 2/8 2/5 0/0 3 35 0 0 1 0 3 +21 22
T. Snell 2 4 1 0/6 0/4 2/2 3 35 1 0 0 0 4 +16 9
Bench PTS REB AST FG 3PT FT PF MIN STL BLK TO OREB DREB +/- FPTS
M. Beasley 7 4 0 3/4 0/0 1/1 1 7 1 0 0 2 2 -6 12
R. Vaughn 6 0 1 2/6 2/4 0/0 3 17 1 0 0 0 0 -16 9
S. Hawes 5 4 1 1/4 1/3 2/2 0 6 0 1 0 1 3 -1 12
G. Monroe 3 6 4 1/6 0/0 1/2 1 22 0 0 2 1 5 -22 15
M. Teletovic 3 0 0 1/3 1/3 0/0 1 9 0 0 0 0 0 -7 3
J. Terry 0 1 1 0/3 0/2 0/0 0 22 0 0 1 0 1 -18 2
M. Brogdon - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Henson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
T. Jones - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 108 48 25 35/84 14/36 24/34 18 266 6 3 12 9 39 +15 203