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Posted on: 10-31-2009

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>>caption:  JENNINGS (L) HOOPS


    The Pistons had a 2nd-H fade for
the second time in as many nights
and lost 96-85 Saturday evening at
    Detroit had a comfortable 49-38
intermission advantage, but were
blasted by the Bucks 36-14 in the
    Rookie Brandon Jennings, the 10th
overall pick of this year's NBA draft,
sparked a 28-8 run to start the 3rd-Qtr
when he had 16-P and a pair of steals in
that surge. Tayshaun Prince got Detroit back within 81-77 on an 11-foot jumper with
5:51 to play, but a pair of Hakim Warrick free throws and a Jennings runner in the
lane restored Mikwaukee to a comfortable 8-P margin.  
    Jennings led 10 Bucks who hit the scoresheet with 24-P and 21 of those came in
the 2nd-H. Jennings went 9-for-15 from the field including 3-of-4 from 3-point territory
and 3-of-4 from the line. Warrick had 21-P off the bench as the only other Milwaukee
player in double figures. In fact, Warrick outscored the entire Piston bench 21-14.
    Ben Gordon led Detroit in scoring for the second consecutive night with a game-
high 26-P. Rodney Stuckey added 13-P with a game-high 8-A. Prince and ex-Buck
Charlie Villanueva both had 12-P. Will Bynum had 10-P off a shortened Detroit bench
that saw just 57-mins of PT spread amongst four players. Ben Wallace (8-P) grabbed
a game-high 10-RB.
    Detroit is 1-2 and Milwaukee 1-1 with the Bucks winning their home opener.


PISTONS H-COACH JOHN KUESTER:   "We gave them life in the third period.
We've got to come out with a certain amount of energy that had when we left
the court, and we haven't done that the last two games."

PISTONS FWD CHARLIE VILLANEUVA:   "We were moving the ball great in the first
half. That wasn't the case in the second half."

BUCKS GD BRANDON JENNINGS:   "We were working on cutting the lead down as
much as possible, but it wasn't just me. I thought everyone contributed well in
the third quarter to go on a nice little run."

BUCKS H-COACH SCOTT SKILES:   "[Jennings] came out in the third quarter and
gave us a huge lift...[He] got in the zone there for a little while and once again
showed you another element of his game...[He] got his team going, too, which
is as, or more, important...We went into our pick-and-roll game where we just
spread the floor and let him go to work."


    Milwaukee earned just its third win in their last dozen match-ups vs Detroit.
    The Bucks improved to 6-0 at home and 13-3 overall all-time on Halloween.
    Guard Richard Hamilton, who had a game-high 25-P in Wednesday's season opening
win at Memphis, sat out his second straight game with a sprained right ankle suffered
in that opener. Hamilton remains listed day-to-day.
    Ex-Piston Carlos Delfino returned from his one-game NBA suspension for an exhibition
season fight with Detroit rookie Austin Daye. Delfino started for the Bucks and had 5-P
with 3-RB & 1-A in 20-mins. Daye, who previously sat out a one-game ban, did not get
off the Detroit bench Saturday.
    The Pistons are off until hosting Orlando in a one-game homestand Tuesday night.

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