Bucks 99, Pistons 95
MILWAUKEE — The Detroit Pistons were unable to overcome another double-digit deficit Wednesday night.
Milwaukee Bucks point guard Eric Bledsoe’s mid-range jumper with 42 seconds left snapped a 93-93 tie and proved to be the decisive play in the Pistons’ 99-95 loss at the BMO Harris Bradley Center.
Avery Bradley (28 points) committed his fifth turnover of the night on the next possession and the Pistons (10-4) saw their winning streak end at five games.
It was the first of a three-game trip with stops remaining at Indiana (Friday) and Minnesota (Sunday).
It seemed like the Bucks (8-6) were playing with eight defenders most of the night. The team with height at every position forced 18 turnovers and had 16 blocked shots.
But the Pistons bench fueled a 22-9 run to start the fourth quarter to tie the game at 84-84 with 4:36 remaining. The run was capped by a Luke Kennard three-pointer (11 points).
Star Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 21 points and former Piston Khris Middleton scored 27 points.
Andre Drummond finished with 13 points, 17 rebounds and four assists.
Ish Smith played the entire fourth quarter in place of ineffective starter Reggie Jackson.
Stanley Johnson returned to the starting lineup after missing three games with a hip flexor and sore back.
His impact was minimal, finishing with two points and three rebounds in 18 minutes.
Reggie Bullock, who replaced Johnson in the starting lineup, didn’t play.
Moreland still up
Power forward Jon Leuer (left ankle) also returned to the lineup after missing five games, but Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy stuck with back-up center Eric Moreland in the playing rotation.
He entered the game for Drummond late in the first half, but his impact wasn’t felt until the start of the second quarter.
The Pistons bench was smothered by the Bucks’ length, but Moreland’s activity (three offensive rebounds, one blocked shot) kept the game close.
He left the game with the Pistons in the midst of a 12-0 run.
Moreland also performed well in the second half and finished the game with nine rebounds.
After the game, Van Gundy said Leuer was on the training table before the game and complained of a tight left ankle.