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Drummond's FTs lift Pistons over Bucks 105-96

DETROIT (AP) The best ovation yet for the Detroit Pistons at Little Caesars Arena came as a result of Andre Drummond's free throw shooting.

Surprising, yes, but coach Stan Van Gundy didn't view Drummond's performance as a fluke.

''Obviously, their idea was, `We'll just let him catch the ball, and then we'll hammer him,''' Van Gundy said. ''I don't think that strategy's going to work this year.''

Drummond scored 24 points, going 14 of 16 at the free throw line, and the Pistons took over sole possession of first place in the Central Division with a 105-96 win over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night. Drummond scored 14 during a third quarter in which he made 10 of 12 foul shots, quite a showing for a player who is under 40 percent from the line in his career.

It was the most free throws Drummond has made in a game in his career, and he's shooting 78 percent (28 of 36) from the line this season.

''It's just a mental toughness thing,'' Drummond said. ''Being ready all the time to shoot the same shot.''

Avery Bradley scored 19 of his 23 points in the first half for the Pistons, who went on a 21-5 run late in the second quarter and led 59-48 at halftime. The lead was 17 early in the third, and Drummond helped hold off the Bucks for the rest of that period.

''Obviously, he really helps the Pistons when he's making free throws,'' Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. ''He's worked hard on it and he's done a nice job of improving that part of his game. He can keep a run going from the line or he can stop an opponent's run, and that's a huge factor given everything else he can do.''

Detroit went on a 9-1 spurt to start the fourth and led 91-73.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 29 points for Milwaukee.

''I thought we defended him really well, and then I get the boxscore: 29 points ... four blocked shots,'' Van Gundy said. ''I mean, the guy's just a great, great player.''

There have been a surprising number of empty seats in the first season for the Pistons at Little Caesars Arena, and that was the case again Friday. But there were enough fans to create a lively atmosphere, especially as Drummond made free throw after free throw in the third.

In the final seconds of the period, he stole the ball near midcourt and dribbled all the way to the basket before drawing a foul. He waved his hand to ask for more noise, and the crowd obliged.

STANDINGS

Detroit, which entered the game tied with Indiana for first place in the Central Division, has won four of five. This was the first game back home for the Pistons after a road trip that included a win at Golden State , and they moved a game ahead of the Pacers.

DEPTH

Detroit's bench outscored Milwaukee's 28-14. Only two subs scored for the Bucks, and Kidd said afterward that the starters can't play 48 minutes.

''We have to get better off the bench, but everyone has to start playing better defense,'' backup guard Jason Terry said. ''We have a few days off coming up, and that's important, because we've lost our defensive principles. We'll start hitting those shots, but you can't win if you don't play defense.''

TIP-INS

Bucks: Khris Middleton, coming off a 43-point performance Wednesday against Charlotte , scored 16. ... Milwaukee was without Greg Monroe, sidelined because of a left calf strain.

Pistons: Detroit played without Jon Leuer due to a left ankle sprain.

UP NEXT

Bucks: At Cleveland on Tuesday night.

Pistons: Host Sacramento on Saturday night.

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Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo
34 F
A. Drummond
0 C
32.9 Min. Per Game 32.9
12.5 Pts. Per Game 12.5
2.9 Ast. Per Game 2.9
14.1 Reb. Per Game 14.1
58.3 Field Goal % 52.7
59.1 Three Point % 51.2
79.4 Free Throw % 77.8
  Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond 0:15
  Giannis Antetokounmpo missed 3-pt. jump shot 0:18
  24-second shot clock violation turnover 0:20
  Offensive rebound by Andre Drummond 0:21
  Reggie Jackson missed jump shot 0:21
+ 1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:45
+ 1 Giannis Antetokounmpo made 1st of 2 free throws 0:45
  Shooting foul on Stanley Johnson 0:45
+ 2 Reggie Jackson made dunk 0:53
  Lost ball turnover on Thon Maker 0:57
  Lost ball turnover on Thon Maker 0:57
Team Stats
Points 96 105
Field Goals 39-83 (47.0%) 37-78 (47.4%)
3-Pointers 10-25 (40.0%) 8-26 (30.8%)
Free Throws 8-9 (88.9%) 23-28 (82.1%)
Total Rebounds 42 49
Offensive 7 8
Defensive 29 32
Team 6 9
Assists 27 21
Steals 6 10
Blocks 6 4
Turnovers 13 12
Fouls 24 11
Technicals 1 1
29 PTS, 4 REB, 3 AST
24 PTS, 15 REB
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away team logo Bucks 4-5 2622242496
home team logo Pistons 6-3 28312323105
Team Stats
away team logo Bucks 4-5 101.9 PPG 38.6 RPG 22.0 APG
home team logo Pistons 6-3 PPG RPG APG
Key Players
G. Antetokounmpo F 26.9 PPG 10.0 RPG 4.8 APG 52.9 FG%
A. Drummond C 15.0 PPG 16.0 RPG 3.0 APG 52.9 FG%
Top Scorers
G. Antetokounmpo F 29 PTS 4 REB 3 AST
A. Drummond C 24 PTS 15 REB 0 AST
47.0 FG% 47.4
40.0 3PT FG% 30.8
88.9 FT% 82.1
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 38 29 4 3 1 4 3 2 13/27 1/4 2/2 1 3 41 +9
M. Brogdon 34 21 2 10 0 0 3 3 8/13 3/5 2/2 0 2 40 +4
K. Middleton 39 16 7 7 0 0 1 5 7/17 1/4 1/2 2 5 36 -7
T. Snell 38 12 2 0 1 1 0 2 5/8 2/4 0/0 0 2 16 0
J. Henson 26 4 13 3 1 0 0 3 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 11 24 0
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 38 29 4 3 1 4 3 2 13/27 1/4 2/2 1 3 41 +9
M. Brogdon 34 21 2 10 0 0 3 3 8/13 3/5 2/2 0 2 40 +4
K. Middleton 39 16 7 7 0 0 1 5 7/17 1/4 1/2 2 5 36 -7
T. Snell 38 12 2 0 1 1 0 2 5/8 2/4 0/0 0 2 16 0
J. Henson 26 4 13 3 1 0 0 3 2/4 0/0 0/0 2 11 24 0
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
T. Maker 15 9 2 0 1 0 2 3 3/4 2/3 1/1 1 1 10 -8
M. Dellavedova 17 5 4 2 1 0 3 3 1/4 1/3 2/2 1 3 11 -15
J. Terry 5 0 0 0 0 0 1 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 -1 -6
D. Liggins 5 0 0 0 0 0 0 1 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 0 0 -7
M. Teletovic 10 0 2 2 1 0 0 1 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 2 7 -8
R. Vaughn 8 0 0 0 0 1 0 0 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 0 1 -7
G. Monroe - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolomboy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 96 36 27 6 6 13 24 39/83 10/25 8/9 7 29 185 -45
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Drummond 27 24 15 0 1 2 0 2 5/7 0/0 14/16 3 12 42 -8
A. Bradley 34 23 2 2 3 1 3 0 8/19 3/6 4/4 1 1 30 +1
T. Harris 34 13 1 3 1 0 0 0 5/13 3/6 0/0 0 1 21 +7
R. Jackson 29 9 3 8 0 0 2 1 3/11 1/4 2/2 1 2 26 +6
S. Johnson 38 8 2 3 3 0 0 3 4/10 0/4 0/2 0 2 19 +2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Drummond 27 24 15 0 1 2 0 2 5/7 0/0 14/16 3 12 42 -8
A. Bradley 34 23 2 2 3 1 3 0 8/19 3/6 4/4 1 1 30 +1
T. Harris 34 13 1 3 1 0 0 0 5/13 3/6 0/0 0 1 21 +7
R. Jackson 29 9 3 8 0 0 2 1 3/11 1/4 2/2 1 2 26 +6
S. Johnson 38 8 2 3 3 0 0 3 4/10 0/4 0/2 0 2 19 +2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
I. Smith 18 10 3 4 0 0 2 1 5/6 0/0 0/0 0 3 19 +3
A. Tolliver 18 7 2 0 1 0 2 1 2/4 0/2 3/4 1 1 8 +10
E. Moreland 20 6 9 1 0 1 2 3 3/3 0/0 0/0 2 7 16 +17
L. Galloway 13 5 2 0 1 0 1 0 2/4 1/3 0/0 0 2 7 +8
R. Bullock 4 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0/1 0/1 0/0 0 1 1 -1
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Montero - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Kennard - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 235 105 40 21 10 4 12 11 37/78 8/26 23/28 8 32 189 +45