Regular Season Series (Game 3 of 4)

Series starts 1/21

Game 1: Monday, January 21st
Game 2: Sunday, February 24th
Game 3: Saturday, March 16th
Game 4: Wednesday, April 17th

Pistons 102

(37-27, 16-16 away)

Bucks 94

(36-28, 20-14 home)

    7:30 PM ET, March 16, 2002

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 24 23 27 28102
    MIL 27 22 25 2094

    Top Performers

    Detroit: J. Stackhouse 25 Pts, 5 Reb, 7 Ast, 1 Stl, 1 Blk

    Milwaukee: A. Mason 16 Pts, 7 Reb, 5 Ast

    Pistons stop Bucks in Central showdown

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Jerry Stackhouse looked over at the Detroit Pistons' bench in the final minutes and pumped his fist in victory.

    Jerry Stackhouse

    Stackhouse had 25 points and seven assists as the Pistons took over first place in the Central Division with a 102-94 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

    "I'm pretty sure they wanted it, but we did the things to show that we wanted it more than they did," Stackhouse said after Detroit snapped Milwaukee's three-game winning streak against them.

    Chucky Atkins sparked Detroit with 14 of his 19 points in the third quarter. Ben Wallace had 16 rebounds and six points but no blocked shots for the Pistons, who rallied after the Bucks led 74-68 late in the third.

    "This was a big game because of the things involved with the division lead," Pistons coach Rich Carlisle said. "But we've tried to stay away from looking at those sorts of things. We're more the type of team where we're going to wait until the end to tally them up."

    It was Detroit's first victory over the Bucks this season following two losses. The teams meet again at Detroit on the final night of the season.

    Both teams came in with identical 36-27 records.

    Corliss Williamson had 17 points and Jon Barry added 14 for Detroit.

    Stackhouse hit two 3s and Atkins and Barry each added a 3-pointer during a 20-7 run stretching over the end of the third and into the fourth that gave the Pistons an 88-81 lead with 6:41 left.

    Ervin Johnson converted a three-point play for a 74-68 Bucks' lead with 1:03 left in the third, but Atkins hit his 3-pointer and Barry added another to tie the game and start the Pistons' rally.

    "It was a well-played game until the fourth quarter," Bucks coach George Karl said. "When they hit those two 3s to end the third quarter, it gave them a lot of confidence and momentum. We never recovered from that."

    Ray Allen had 20 points, Anthony Mason and Glenn Robinson each added 16 and Sam Cassell had 15, but it wasn't enough as Milwaukee lost its fifth game in the last seven at home and 12 out of the last 19 overall at the Bradley Center.

    Allen, who was 1-for-11 from three-point range, tried to put a positive spin on the loss, but then ended up hoping the Pistons have the same trouble Milwaukee did against the West this season.

    "They have to go out West and the West Coast wasn't good to us or New Jersey," Allen said.

    Detroit has a back-to-back on Monday and Tuesday at Denver and Utah. They are 0-5 on the road against the Pacific Division and 1-9 in the West. Milwaukee is 1-6 on the road against the Pacific and 5-9 in the West.

    Detroit played its third game in four nights.

    "They really laid their hearts out on the floor in the second half with a great defensive effort," Carlisle said.

    Game notes

    Over the last 29 games, the Pistons are 21-8 while the Bucks are 14-15. ... Milwaukee's Joel Pryzbilla and Detroit's Ben Wallace got double technicals for going chest-to-chest after an offensive foul by Przybilla in the first quarter. ... The Bucks had 18 points in the paint to the Pistons' 2 in the first. ... The Pistons activated center Zeljko Rebraca. He missed five games with a broken bone around his right eye socket. He was injured March 5 when elbowed by Miami's Alonzo Mourning. Forward Brian Cardinal went on the injured list for the third time this season because of tendinitis in both knees. He's missed 41 games. ... Forwards Tim Thomas (sprained right knee) and Jason Caffey (sore right ankle) missed the game for Milwaukee.

    Copyright by STATS LLC and The Associated Press


    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 102 94
    FGM-FGA 39-79 (.494) 41-90 (.456)
    3PM-3PA 8-21 (.381) 3-19 (.158)
    FTM-FTA 16-24 (.667) 9-11 (.818)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 11-40 14-43
    Assists 26 22
    Turnovers 11 11
    Steals 6 6
    Blocks 3 4
    Fast Break Points 1 10
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 17 (1/1) 21 (3/0)

    Top Performers

    Jerry Stackhouse Stackhouse
    Points: 25
    Reb: 5
    Ast: 7
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 1
    Anthony Mason Mason
    Points: 16
    Reb: 7
    Ast: 5
    Stl: 0
    Blk: 0