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Bucks use fourth-quarter run to beat Pistons 104-100

MILWAUKEE (AP) After a poor third quarter cost them a nine-point halftime lead, the Milwaukee Bucks came out firing to start the fourth.

The Bucks began the final period on a 14-1 run and held on for a 104-100 win over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 25 points and 10 rebounds, and Khris Middleton had 21 points, including four free throws in the final 20 seconds to help the Bucks win for the fourth time in five games. Eric Bledsoe added 22 points.

''We just stayed with it,'' Middleton said. ''We did a great job of holding onto the lead. We have just been grinding it out and staying with it.''

Milwaukee took a 60-51 lead into halftime, but Detroit outscored the Bucks 25-16 in the third quarter to send the game to the fourth tied at 76.

The Bucks took a 90-77 lead on a jumper by Malcolm Brogdon with 6:42 remaining. Including the end of the third quarter, Detroit went 7:57 without a field goal until Tobias Harris scored with 5:12 left.

Andre Drummond scored 27 points with 20 rebounds for Detroit, which lost its fourth straight.

Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy blamed the slow start to the fourth quarter on the Pistons bench players.

''Our bench has not played well on this trip,'' Van Gundy said. ''We maybe have to change up our rotations. Our bench has been really, really good for us, but now has not been.''

Reggie Jackson's jumper pulled Detroit within 97-94, but Bledsoe tipped in his own miss to make it 99-94 with 32.1 seconds to play.

''Giannis and Bledsoe made some big plays down the stretch with some offensive rebounds,'' Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. ''Just the confidence that those two have in one another and in the team is great. Nobody is panicking trying to execute the play.''

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

The Pistons answered with a 14-2 spurt to take a 67-66 lead. Harris scored the final eight points of the run, including a 3-pointer to cap the stretch with 6:09 remaining in the third.

Harris had 21 points, and Avery Bradley scored 20.

''We just need to keep our head up,'' Drummond said. ''We can't allow these losses to get us down. It is a long season.''

TIP-INS

Pistons: Forward Jon Leuer was out with a left ankle sprain. ... After coming off the bench Monday against San Antonio, forward Stanley Johnson returned to the starting lineup. Forward Anthony Tolliver moved to the bench.

Bucks: Guard Jason Terry is expected to miss multiple weeks with a left calf strain suffered Monday against Boston. ... Playing double-digit minutes for the first time since Oct. 31, guard Rashad Vaughn scored 11 points in 17 minutes.

GREEK FREAK BIRTHDAY

Antetokounmpo celebrated his 23rd birthday Wednesday. He has the most points (5,364), rebounds (2,407) and assists (1,230) in Bucks history before turning 23.

His 30 games of scoring at least 30 points before reaching 23 years old is second to only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's 32 in franchise history.

RETURNING HOME

Former Marquette star and Wisconsin native Henry Ellenson returned to the building where he played college basketball. Ellenson has played in just nine games for Detroit this season, averaging 4.2 points and 2.6 rebounds.

UP NEXT

Pistons: Detroit hosts Golden State on Friday night.

Bucks: Milwaukee continues a three-game homestand against Dallas on Friday night.

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Key Players
A. Drummond
0 C
G. Antetokounmpo
34 F
37.1 Min. Per Game 37.1
29.9 Pts. Per Game 29.9
4.5 Ast. Per Game 4.5
10.2 Reb. Per Game 10.2
55.6 Field Goal % 54.7
54.3 Three Point % 54.7
62.2 Free Throw % 76.1
  Defensive rebound by Eric Bledsoe 0:00
  Tobias Harris missed 3-pt. jump shot, blocked by Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:00
  Defensive rebound by Andre Drummond 0:07
  Eric Bledsoe missed 2nd of 2 free throws 0:08
+ 1 Eric Bledsoe made 1st of 2 free throws 0:08
  Personal foul on Reggie Jackson 0:08
+ 1 Reggie Jackson made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:09
  Reggie Jackson missed 1st of 2 free throws 0:09
  Team rebound 0:09
  Personal foul on Giannis Antetokounmpo 0:09
+ 1 Khris Middleton made 2nd of 2 free throws 0:12
Team Stats
Points 100 104
Field Goals 36-87 (41.4%) 39-79 (49.4%)
3-Pointers 10-30 (33.3%) 8-22 (36.4%)
Free Throws 18-27 (66.7%) 18-26 (69.2%)
Total Rebounds 58 50
Offensive 16 13
Defensive 29 28
Team 13 9
Assists 20 22
Steals 5 6
Blocks 0 5
Turnovers 10 11
Fouls 20 21
Technicals 0 1
away team logo
A. Drummond C 0
27 PTS, 20 REB, 6 AST
home team logo
G. Antetokounmpo F 34
25 PTS, 10 REB, 4 AST
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away team logo Pistons 14-10 27242524100
home team logo Bucks 13-1030301628104
Team Stats
away team logoPistons 14-10 102.5 PPG 42.6 RPG 21.9 APG
home team logoBucks 13-10 104.0 PPG 38.2 RPG 22.2 APG
Key Players
A. Drummond C 13.7 PPG 15.3 RPG 4.0 APG 52.7 FG%
G. Antetokounmpo F 29.9 PPG 10.3 RPG 4.5 APG 54.6 FG%
Top Scorers
A. Drummond C 27 PTS 20 REB 6 AST
G. Antetokounmpo F 25 PTS 10 REB 4 AST
41.4 FG% 49.4
33.3 3PT FG% 36.4
66.7 FT% 69.2
Pistons
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Drummond 37 27 20 6 0 0 1 5 12/16 0/0 3/8 7 13 58 +9
T. Harris 39 21 5 0 3 0 2 1 8/14 4/9 1/1 1 4 27 -1
A. Bradley 32 20 1 2 1 0 1 0 5/13 3/5 7/8 0 1 25 +15
R. Jackson 32 14 5 4 0 0 2 2 5/14 1/4 3/4 3 2 25 +9
S. Johnson 34 2 7 5 1 0 0 5 0/8 0/4 2/2 1 6 20 +4
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
A. Drummond 37 27 20 6 0 0 1 5 12/16 0/0 3/8 7 13 58 +9
T. Harris 39 21 5 0 3 0 2 1 8/14 4/9 1/1 1 4 27 -1
A. Bradley 32 20 1 2 1 0 1 0 5/13 3/5 7/8 0 1 25 +15
R. Jackson 32 14 5 4 0 0 2 2 5/14 1/4 3/4 3 2 25 +9
S. Johnson 34 2 7 5 1 0 0 5 0/8 0/4 2/2 1 6 20 +4
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
L. Kennard 17 6 0 2 0 0 1 0 2/7 1/3 1/2 0 0 9 -16
I. Smith 15 4 0 0 0 0 0 1 2/5 0/0 0/0 0 0 4 -13
A. Tolliver 20 3 2 1 0 0 1 3 1/8 1/5 0/0 0 2 6 -14
E. Moreland 10 3 5 0 0 0 2 3 1/2 0/0 1/2 4 1 6 -13
J. Leuer - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Buycks - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
R. Bullock - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Galloway - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
L. Montero - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
B. Marjanovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
H. Ellenson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 100 45 20 5 0 10 20 36/87 10/30 18/27 16 29 180 -20
Bucks
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 37 25 10 4 1 2 5 4 8/16 1/3 8/12 4 6 41 +4
E. Bledsoe 31 22 5 3 1 1 2 2 9/21 2/6 2/5 1 4 33 -10
K. Middleton 36 21 5 6 0 0 1 1 7/10 2/4 5/5 2 3 37 -7
J. Henson 24 10 6 0 0 2 1 3 5/8 0/0 0/0 3 3 17 +1
T. Snell 20 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 0 5 -2
Starters MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
G. Antetokounmpo 37 25 10 4 1 2 5 4 8/16 1/3 8/12 4 6 41 +4
E. Bledsoe 31 22 5 3 1 1 2 2 9/21 2/6 2/5 1 4 33 -10
K. Middleton 36 21 5 6 0 0 1 1 7/10 2/4 5/5 2 3 37 -7
J. Henson 24 10 6 0 0 2 1 3 5/8 0/0 0/0 3 3 17 +1
T. Snell 20 3 0 1 0 0 0 1 1/3 1/3 0/0 0 0 5 -2
Bench MIN PTS REB AST STL BLK TO PF FG 3PT FT OREB DREB FPTS +/-
R. Vaughn 17 11 5 2 1 0 0 2 3/6 2/4 3/4 1 4 21 +18
M. Brogdon 25 10 5 4 1 0 0 2 5/10 0/0 0/0 2 3 24 +2
D. Liggins 23 2 4 1 2 0 0 2 1/3 0/2 0/0 0 4 10 +9
T. Maker 23 0 1 1 0 0 2 4 0/2 0/0 0/0 0 1 1 +5
J. Terry - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Teletovic - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Bolomboy - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
M. Dellavedova - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
S. Brown - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
J. Parker - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
G. Payton II - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
D. Wilson - - - - - - - - - - - - - - -
Total 236 104 41 22 6 5 11 21 39/79 8/22 18/26 13 28 189 +20