For the first time all season, the Detroit Pistons have won back to back games. Detroit picked up where they left off yesterday, defeating the Milwaukee Bucks 113-94. The Milwaukee Bucks came into play tonight sitting in last place in the Eastern Conference with a 2 and 10 record. However, this is the NBA and every game matters. That is exactly how Detroit approached the game.
This game was over by halftime as Detroit led 65-31. Five Pistons-Greg Monroe, Josh Smith, Andre Drummond, Brandon Jennings and Charlie Villanueva-had double digit scoring in the half alone, helped by 59 percent shooting. That is balanced scoring. Milwaukee failed to produce one player with at least ten points. The 31 point lead was their biggest lead at the break this season.
Rodney Stuckey led the Pistons in scoring with 17 points, but the night belonged to Brandon Jennings who was clearly fired up to face his old team. In arguably his best game as a Piston, Jennings opened the game hot and stuffed the stat sheet. He finished with 15 points and 13 assists for the double double. Former Piston, Brandon Knight, had a poor return to the Palace and finished with eight points.
Every dressed Piston was able to get in the game tonight which was nice to see in a victory. It’s beautiful to see a team begin to gel that has been struggling the past few seasons. Sitting at six wins and eight losses, Detroit is firmly in the Eastern Conference playoff hunt in what will continue to be a very competitive season.
Detroit plays next on Wednesday at home against the Chicago Bulls, who have lost Derrick Rose for the season again. Will Detroit be able to take advantage of this major injury and win their third game in a row? Tune in Wednesday at 7:30 PM to find out.