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Redd leads streaking Bucks with 21

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Home or away. Refreshed or tired.
Ahead or behind.

Lately, those factors haven't mattered for Milwaukee.

Michael Redd scored 21 points and Sam Cassell added 18 as the
Bucks beat Detroit 97-79 Monday for their eighth straight victory.
They have won five consecutive on the road for the first time since
1989.

"Our team is in a good mode," Milwaukee coach George Karl. "I
think we've been much better on the road than at home because our
focus is better. Our laziness doesn't hurt us as much on the road
because we know we have to play good to beat anybody on the road."

Milwaukee's home game Tuesday against the Phoenix Suns will be
its sixth in eight days.

"We could've very easily taken one off and said we're tired or
beat up," Karl added.

Ray Allen scored 15 first-half points and Joel Przybilla had
career highs with 12 points and 13 rebounds for the Bucks (26-13).

Milwaukee has won 11 games this season, including their previous
victory over Atlanta, when trailing by double digits.

The Bucks controlled Monday's game from the start, but hit a
lull that melted their 22-point lead to nine late in the third and
early in the fourth. The Pistons couldn't get closer, however.

Allen said he thinks the Bucks are better when they're behind,
or at least in a close contest.

"It's easier," Allen said. "When you're down or going
back-and-forth with a team, it's easier than having to keep a
15-point or 20-point lead."

Detroit's Jerry Stackhouse scored 19, but was 5-of-21 from the
field. Cliff Robinson and Corliss Williamson, Detroit's second and
third-leading scorers, combined for 12 points on 4-of-18 shooting.

"It's going to be tough for us to win when all three of us have
terrible shooting nights," Stackhouse said.

Reserve Jon Barry scored 17 for Detroit (19-20), which needed
the win to go over .500 for the first time since Jan. 5.

"Obviously, we're going to have to be a lot better than that to
beat a top team and we've got another one on Wednesday," said
Detroit coach Rick Carlisle, referring to the Minnesota
Timberwolves' visit.

For the second straight game, Detroit dug a big hole early, but
were unable to win their third in a row.

Allen made his first four shots for 10 points as the Bucks led
13-4 just 4:08 into the game. Milwaukee led 34-15 as Detroit missed
17 of 21 shots in the first quarter.

"The slow start was definitely our undoing," Carlisle said.
"We've got to find a way to get better energy at the beginning of
a game."

Detroit has been outscored 67-37 in the first quarters of the
past two games.

By the time Stackhouse made his first field goal with 2:04 left
in the half -- after seven misses -- Allen had 15 points and
Milwaukee was on its way to a 55-37 lead at halftime.

Detroit outscored the Bucks 17-4 to close the third and cut its
deficit to 69-60. It trailed by nine again a few minutes into the
fourth.

Game notes
Karl said he hopes Glen Robinson, who has missed the last
12 games with a bruised left thigh, will be able to practice hard
on Wednesday, "Then we'll see where we go from there," Karl said.
... Wilmer Ham, the mother of Milwaukee's Darvin Ham, is the mayor
of Saginaw, Mich. ... Redd, a second-year player from Ohio State,
was one short of his career-high of 22 points. ... The Pistons have
been called for eight technicals and a flagrant foul in their past
two games.

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