NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Milwaukee|
(Saturday, February 9th)
Final Score: Detroit 105, Milwaukee 100
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Charlie Villanueva nailed a 3-pointer with
9.7 seconds remaining to lift the Detroit Pistons over the Milwaukee Bucks,
105-100, on Saturday.
Jose Calderon, playing in his third game since being acquired from the
Raptors, netted 23 points on 10-of-13 shooting for the Pistons, who won their
second straight following a victory Friday which snapped San Antonio's 11-game
winning streak. Rodney Stuckey donated 19 points, while Villanueva finished
with 18 -- on 4-of-7 from behind the arc -- and 13 rebounds in the victory.
"It feels great," Villanueva said. "I don't even know who passed me the ball,
but once it hit my hands I knew it was in. It was a big game, especially here
in Milwaukee, where I called it home once."
Brandon Jennings scored a game-high 26 points and dished out seven helpers for
the Bucks, who had a chance to tie the game following Villanueva's trey.
Jennings got the ball back and drove across halfcourt, but misfired from well
beyond the three-point arc, although the clock still showed three seconds, and
the Bucks were forced to foul Stuckey, who made two free throws to provide
the final points.
Ersan Ilyasova and Samuel Dalembert each recorded double-doubles with 15
points and 10 rebounds and 14 points and 12 rebounds, respectively, in the
Bucks' third straight defeat.
With the game tied under one minute to play, Jennings drove to the right wing
and nailed a stepback jumper over Stuckey but Calderon wasted no time and
quickly blew past his defender for an easy lay-in with 41 seconds remaining,
tying things at 100-100.
There were six lead changes and seven ties alone in the final quarter which
saw both teams struggle shooting. The Bucks shot 5-of-21, compared to Detroit
which made 8-of-18 shots.
Detroit led 33-22 after one quarter of play, while Calderon and Greg Monroe
each had 11 and 10 points, respectively, on a combined 9-of-13 shooting.
Detroit held onto its edge for most of the second until Dalembert's tip-in
tied things at 51-51 with 1 1/2 minutes before the break. Kyle Singler's
jumper with 25 seconds remaining proved to be the difference-maker, as the
visitors led, 57-56 at halftime.
The Bucks returned the favor in the third quarter, especially inside the
paint, where they outscored the Pistons 12-4 in the period before taking an
82-81 advantage into the final stanza.
"Charlie was huge," Detroit coach Lawrence Frank said. "Great job on the
glass, and obviously the huge rebound at the end after we got the stop. But
it's the ability to play both ends as he's done the last two games, because we
all know what he can do. Offensively, he's a very, very skilled guy. As long
as we keep moving the ball, the ball will find the open man."
Bucks center Larry Sanders, who leads the NBA in blocked shots with 3.16 per
game, missed the action due to a back injury ... Milwaukee is 13-11 at home
this season ... Detroit is 6-18 away from home ... Detroit turned the ball
over 20 times resulting in 23 points for the Bucks ... Milwaukee shot 39.5
percent from the floor (34-of-86) ... Monroe registered his 23rd double-double
of the season with 14 points and 13 boards.
02/10 00:32:25 ET