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Bucks overcome Drummond, Pistons

Sports Xchange

December 06, 2017 at 7:47 pm.

MILWAUKEE — Andre Drummond scored 27 points and grabbed 20 rebounds, but it was not enough for the Detroit Pistons, whose losing streak reached a season-high four games after their late comeback attempt fell short in a 104-100 loss to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night at the Bradley Center.

Drummond hit 12 of 15 shots but Detroit shot just 41.9 percent as a team and went 10-for-30 from beyond the 3-point arc.

Tobias Harris added 21 and Avery Bradley finished with 20 for the Pistons, who have dropped two of three meetings with their Central Division rivals this season.

Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 25 points and grabbed 10 rebounds for Milwaukee, which also got 22 points from Eric Bledsoe and 21 from Khris Middleton.

The Bucks (13-10) went 8-for-22 on 3-point attempts and shot 49.4 percent (39-for-79) from the floor while winning for the fourth time in their last five games.

Thirteen early points from Antetokounmpo got Milwaukee off to a good start. The Bucks hit 11 of 18 shots in the opening quarter and held Detroit to 30 percent shooting in the second to go up 60-51 at halftime.

Detroit (14-10) took its first lead of the night on Harris’ corner 3-pointer from with 6:09 left in the third, capping off a 16-4 run that made it a 67-66 game.

It stayed close from there. After Detroit fell behind by three, Drummond put the Pistons back in front with a short hook, but Milwaukee tied the game at 76 heading into the fourth. The Bucks opened the final quarter with an 8-1 run to go up 85-77 with 8:17 left.

Milwaukee led by as many as 13 down the stretch, but 3-pointers from Harris and Reggie Jackson (14 points) got the Pistons within three with less than a minute left. After Bledsoe put back his own miss, Bradley knocked down a 3-pointer with 20 seconds left to cut the deficit to 99-97, but Middleton and Bledsoe combined to hit five free throws in the final seconds.

NOTES: Bucks G Jason Terry strained his left calf earlier in the week, and he will be out for approximately two weeks, according to coach Jason Kidd. Terry has appeared in 10 games this season, averaging 1.5 points, 0.9 rebounds, 0.7 steals and 0.6 assists in 11 minutes. … Milwaukee was also without G/F Mirza Teletovic (knee surgery) and PG Matthew Dellavedova, who is getting closer to returning from a bout of tendinitis in his left knee. … The Pistons have lost six of their last seven meetings with the Bucks in Milwaukee, including two games this season. … Detroit C Andre Drummond is averaging 21.3 points and 17.0 rebounds against Milwaukee this season.