Pistons Defeat Bucks, 96-86
MILWAUKEE (AP) _ Richard Hamilton scored 13 of his 21 points in the third quarter, leading the Detroit Pistons to a 96-86 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Friday night.
Hamilton had a perfect night, going 8-of-8 from the field and 5-of-5 from the line. He sat out the fourth quarter of the team’s final exhibition game.
Tayshaun Prince and Chauncey Billups added 14 points each and Mehmet Okur 13 for the Pistons. Corliss Williamson and Ben Wallace had 10 apiece.
Brian Skinner, trying to provide some inside scoring presence that has been lacking for several years, made nine of his first 12 shots and finished with 21 points and eight rebounds to lead the Bucks. Michael Redd added 17 points and Joe Smith had a game-high 12 rebounds.
With the score tied at 65 in the third quarter, the Pistons used a 10-2 run _ six of the points scored by Hamilton _ to lead by eight. It was 79-75 going into the fourth quarter and Detroit didn’t trail again.
The Bucks didn’t score their first field goal of the final quarter until 5:11 remained. But they had been outscored only 4-1 in the quarter.
Detroit led by as many as 16, shooting 67 percent (14-of-21) in the first quarter. But the Bucks fought back, led by as many as six, and were ahead 48-47 at halftime.
T.J. Ford, Milwaukee’s first-round draft pick out of Texas, didn’t play because of a sore right ankle.