The Bucks beat the Pistons 102-93. In a bottom line business, it’s tough to look past a scoreboard. But considering the previous 5 games Piston fans witnessed, this was a welcomed return to exciting, competitive basketball. For the Pistons, the night belonged to Greg Monroe. “Moose” finished with a career-high 32 points to go with 16 rebounds.
- Monroe continues to bring it every night. He was extremely efficient and made plays all night long. He contributes in so many ways and seems to be improving in some area each game.
- Rodney Stuckey returned from injury after missing the past 4 games. He took Will Bynum’s spot off the bench and played a solid all around game.
- Brandon Knight played a great first half with 15 points. He finished the game with 20 and was much more assertive than Tuesday night.
- The teams combined to make all 41 free throws attempted, (24 for Detroit, 17 for Milwaukee).
- Brandon Jennings led Milwaukee in scoring with 27. Stephen Jackson made a number of big shots in the 4th quarter to seal the win. Jackson had 25.
- Jon Leuer (Wisonsin) started for the Bucks and outplayed Jonas Jerebko. The Pistons passed on Leuer in the draft, opting for Duke’s Kyle Singler who is playing overseas this season.
- The Bucks shot 11 for 22 from long range, a thorn in the Pistons side all night.
- Ben Gordon continued his poor shooting. He was largely invisible for a guy that played 40 minutes. The Pistons highest paid player finished with 9 points.
- Detroit fell behind by double digits early, but fought back to briefly take the lead in the 2nd quarter.
- The Pistons made a late 9-0 run to get within 3, but Milwaukee’s lead was too much to overcome.
- This is the first single digit loss of the season for Detroit, who is now 2-9.
For the past few days Piston players and coaches discussed their desire to find a rhythm and flow on offense. For a large majority of this game, they had it. Detroit’s guards looked to penetrate at every opportunity. The number of bad possessions was minimal, save for the requisite number of turnovers a rookie point guard will get you. Still, the team outscored its season average by 10. There were a number of breakdowns defensively that ultimately was the Piston’s downfall. But for a young team still finding its way under a new coach, tonight’s improvements should be something to build on. They will get their chance tomorrow night in Charlotte.