AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) _ Grant Hill had 31 points and seven assists to lead the surging Detroit Pistons to a 113-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Sunday night.
The Pistons have won three straight and five of seven since starting the year 0-4. Detroit outrebounded Milwaukee 43-28, including 36-18 in the final three quarters.
Lindsey Hunter scored 21 and Jerry Stackhouse had 19 for Detroit. Ray Allen led the Bucks with 33 on 13-of-15 shooting and Glenn Robinson added 20.
The Bucks had a tough home game against Utah on Saturday while the Pistons were enjoying the day off, and it showed right from the start. Detroit’s up-tempo offense was too quick for the leg-weary Bucks.
Detroit’s lead was only 35-32 after a high-paced first quarter, but it had the desired effect when Milwaukee managed only 20 in the second.
That allowed the Pistons to take a 62-51 lead into halftime, and they expanded the margin to 17 by scoring the first six points of the second half.
The Bucks cut Detroit’s lead to 75-63, but Hill scored six in a 11-2 surge that moved the margin to 21 points.
Detroit led 89-72 after three, and by 28 in the fourth.
Notes: Milwaukee’s Sam Cassell picked up a flagrant foul in the third quarter when he knocked Jerry Stackhouse down on a drive to the basket. ... Ray Allen hit his first 10 shots of the game, including two 3-pointers. He was also 3-of-3 from the line during the stretch. He finally missed a driving layup with 8:30 left in the game ... Jerome Williams picked up his seventh double-double in a row. He pulled down 12 rebounds and scored 12 points.