"You didn't think we were going to win!" the Milwaukee point
Michael Redd scored a career playoff-high 26 points and
Milwaukee held on to beat the Pistons 92-88 on Wednesday night to
even the series at 1-1.
The Bucks, the only road team to win in the NBA playoffs this
year, led by 15 with 3:13 left and needed a costly miscue by
Detroit to escape with the victory.
"It probably would've destroyed us if we lost because of the
way we played," said Redd, who bounced back after an 11-point
performance in Game 1.
Jones, a former Detroit player, was smiling and joking after the
Bucks' victory, but he almost cost Milwaukee the game.
With a two-point lead, he stepped to the line with 9.5 seconds
left -- and clanged both free throws off the rim.
"I concentrated too hard," Jones explained.
With a chance to tie it or put Detroit ahead, Rasheed Wallace
took a pass in the corner, mishandled the ball and it went out of
bounds with 4.1 seconds left.
"I ain't making no excuses," Wallace said. "It just slipped
out of my hands."
Redd then made two free throws to seal the win.
"I'm not buying into the fact that we're going to lay down and
give this series away," Redd said. "We definitely want to win
Game 3 in the first-round series is Saturday in Milwaukee.
The Pistons played as if they read or listened to too many
analysts, who have picked them to advance to the NBA Finals because
of their record-breaking defense and addition of Wallace.
"We're not going to go away at all, whether they know it or
believe it," Jones said.
Detroit coach Larry Brown was disgusted with his team's play,
and thought the Pistons -- 6-of-25 from 3-point range -- settled for
too many outside shots.
"We'd get an offensive rebound and jack up a 3," he said.
Brown said he could not brag about the Pistons' effort down the
stretch because the Bucks went home with what they wanted.
"They came here to win one game," Brown said. "You have to
give them credit. They got humiliated in Game 1, and came back. Now
we have to show our character and bounce back."
Redd, the Bucks' leading scorer, responded well to his
lackluster performance in Game 1.
He made his first three shots, two of them 3-pointers.
"I tried to explain to him, he's an All-Star now, so he's going
to be a big target, especially come playoff games," Milwaukee
coach Terry Porter said.
Wallace had 16 points, 12 rebounds and five assists. Ben Wallace
had seven points, 11 rebounds and three blocks.
The Bucks' 100th playoff win also was their first on the road
against the Pistons in three playoff meetings.
After a close first quarter, Milwaukee went ahead for good with
4:48 left in the first half.
The Bucks led by 14 points in the third quarter and maintained a
comfortable cushion until Detroit rallied with nine straight
points, pulling to 87-81 with 1:36 to go.
Milwaukee struggled with turnovers for the second straight game
-- 20 of them led to 21 points for Detroit -- but overcame them by
outrebounding the Pistons by 11 and holding them to 40.2-percent
Before the game, Redd said his teammates would provide plenty of
help on offense, and they did.
Desmond Mason scored 15 and Joe Smith added 11 points and 13
rebounds, surpassing the career playoff high of 11 he set in Game
1. Milwaukee reserve Toni Kukoc had 15 points on 7-of-8 shooting
and nine rebounds, and backup Brevin Knight scored 11.