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Little Caesars Arena, Detroit, Michigan Attendance: 15,051
Pistons host Bucks, hope to build winning streak
Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons
- The Bucks won the first meeting between these teams this season on December 5 in Milwaukee, 115-92. The home team has won seven straight games in the series, and the Pistons are 9-1 in their last 10 games hosting the Bucks (with wins in five straight).
- Milwaukee has been held under 45 percent shooting in each of its last five games (41.7 percent total). The Bucks had just four such games this season prior to the current stretch (out of 23 played).
- Detroit snapped a six-game losing streak with a 113-104 home win over the Celtics on Saturday. The Pistons are 9-0 this season when allowing fewer than 108 points; the only other NBA team that is undefeated in such games is the Lakers (11-0).
- Andre Drummond had 19 points, 20 rebounds and five blocks in Saturday's win. It was his NBA-high eighth 20-rebound game this season, and 59th of his career -- second only to Dwight Howard among active players (82).
- Blake Griffin has scored 20 or more points in nine straight games, averaging 27.3 per game over that span. That's the longest active such streak in the NBA, and Griffin's longest within a single season since a personal-record 30-game streak ending in March 2014.
- Giannis Antetokounmpo tied a career high with 44 points in Friday's win at Cleveland, adding 14 rebounds and eight assists. In the last 25 years, the only other Eastern Conference player to reach those minimums in a game was Vince Carter with the Nets on April 7, 2007 against the Wizards.
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The Detroit Pistons put their losing streak to bed on Saturday night. They don't have a lot of time to rest up for their next challenge.
Detroit's six-game slide ended when it snapped Boston's eight-game winning streak with a 113-104 victory at Little Caesars Arena. The Pistons remain home for a Monday night matchup with the Milwaukee Bucks, which possesses the Eastern Conference's second-best record.
"We haven't done anything," Pistons coach Dwane Casey said during his postgame press conference. "We've got some momentum now but we still have a tough team coming in Monday night. It doesn't get any easier. I told the guys to enjoy it until midnight and think about the things we can do better."
The Pistons (14-13) avoided falling below the .500 mark as their top two players had big nights. Blake Griffin piled up 27 points, eight rebounds and six assists while Andre Drummond supplied 19 points, 20 rebounds, five blocks and three steals.
Drummond had a key block in the late going to stall the Celtics' comeback bid. Detroit gave away a 10-point lead at Charlotte in the closing minutes of its previous game.
Casey was impressed with Drummond's overall performance.
"Andre screening and rolling and running the floor, early postups and collapsing the defense, he did an excellent job," he said. "Not only that, he had 20 rebounds and five blocks. That tells you he's really engaged. Andre had one of his better games."
The return of swingman Reggie Bullock to the lineup provided another outside threat to compliment the inside duo. Bullock scored 15 points after missing five games with an ankle sprain. With Bullock and second-year swingman Luke Kennard in the starting five, Casey is optimistic his team will start making more 3-pointers.
"You have those shooters out there, there's more space," he said.
The Pistons lost in Milwaukee 115-92 during the losing streak. Bucks guard Eric Bledsoe had a team-high 27 points in a game his team controlled most of the way.
"It's a journey, it's a marathon," Casey said. "We feel good to get the monkey off our back but you can't get too low when you go through a tough stretch because it's a marathon."
Milwaukee (19-9) has won three of its last four, including a 114-102 victory over Cleveland on Friday. Giannis Antetokounmpo had a monster game with 44 points, 14 rebounds and eight assists.
"I think he was ultra-aggressive," coach Mike Budenholzer said. "He's a competitor, he wants to be great. I think any time he doesn't meet the standards and expectations he sets for himself I think the next game he's going to come out with a very aggressive mindset and he did that."
Starters Khris Middleton (right finger sprain) and Malcolm Brogdon (left knee soreness) sat out the game and are questionable to play on Monday.
The finger injury helps explain why Middleton shot 29.3 percent from the field in the previous seven games.
"Certainly Khris is a great player and he's going to start making more shots," Budenholzer told the Milwaukee Sentinel Journal. "He started the season incredibly hot, so I think we have a lot of faith that he's going to return to that. But you know, he's human, so he's just got to keep working and he'll fight his way through it."
Updated December 16, 2018