Regular Season Series (Game 2 of 4)

Series starts 11/7

Game 1: Friday, November 7th
Game 2: Tuesday, December 23rd
Game 3: Saturday, January 17th
Game 4: Wednesday, February 18th

Pistons 78

(16-12, 7-8 away)

Bucks 83

(14-14, 9-4 home)

    7:00 PM ET, December 23, 2003

    BMO Harris Bradley Center, Milwaukee, WI

    1 2 3 4 T
    DET 15 16 24 2378
    MIL 25 18 21 1983

    Top Performers

    Detroit: B. Wallace 16 Pts, 20 Reb, 3 Ast, 2 Stl, 3 Blk

    Milwaukee: J. Smith 18 Pts, 17 Reb, 1 Stl

    Smith snagged 18 points, 17 boards

    MILWAUKEE (AP) -- Stop Chauncey Billups and Richard Hamilton, and you can stop the Detroit Pistons.

    Milwaukee did just that Tuesday night, and Joe Smith had 18 points, including a three-point play with 59 seconds left, in the Bucks' 83-78 victory over the Pistons.

    Billups (19.1 points) and Hamilton (18.0) combine for 37 points a game, the second-leading scoring backcourt in the NBA. Hamilton had 17 points, but Milwaukee held Billups to seven points on 3-of-14 shooting.

    "They didn't really have stellar nights, either one of them, and that's all we can ask for," Milwaukee guard Michael Redd said. "If we can control their scoring, our chances of winning the game are pretty good. That was the difference."

    The third guard on the Pistons, Chucky Atkins, missed 10 of 14 shots and scored 10 points. The trio of Detroit guards made only 14 of 41 shots in the game.

    "With us, because we have so many guys who can do so many things offensively, a lot of the times we rely on our offense to get our defense going," Atkins said. "We've got to start off defensive-minded and do what those guys did to us. They made it hard for us to get off shots."

    Redd had 18 points, and Smith added a season-high 17 rebounds for Milwaukee, which climbed back to .500 for the first time since Dec. 2, improving to 14-14 with its fifth win in seven games.

    "I'm pleased with our record," Milwaukee coach Terry Porter said. "We've had injuries and you can't predict those. Who knows what our record would be if we had everybody healthy?"

    Ben Wallace had 16 points and 20 rebounds, and Mehmet Okur had 12 points and 12 rebounds for Detroit, which has lost six of eight.

    "Everyone was kind of lethargic," Pistons' coach Larry Brown said. "But give them credit. They made shots and executed."

    Billups' jumper with 1:20 left pulled Detroit to 79-75. Redd then missed a baseline shot, but Smith grabbed the rebound and scored. He was fouled on the play and converted the free throw to give the Bucks an 82-75 lead with 59 seconds to go.

    Wallace was fouled, but missed both free throws with 51 seconds left, and T.J. Ford made a free throw with 16 seconds to go for an 83-75 lead. Wallace hit a 3-pointer for the final margin.

    The Bucks took a 75-61 lead on Desmond Mason's baseline runner with 7:12 left, but Detroit ran off nine consecutive points, capped by Wallace's two free throws, to make it 75-70 with 4:34 to go.

    Milwaukee held Detroit to 12-of-46 shooting from the field in the first half and led 43-31 at halftime behind Smith's 11 points and 10 rebounds.

    Game Notes: Pistons F Corliss Williamson missed the game due to a family matter, the team said. ... The Pistons' 31 first-half points tied a season-low, also done Dec. 9 against Philadelphia. ... The Bucks were 12-16 after 28 games last season, but still made the playoffs. ... The Pistons made only 36 percent of their field goals (32-for-79), a season-low percentage. ... Bucks F Tim Thomas was suffering from flu-like symptoms and played only 5 minutes in the second half.

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    Team Stat Comparison

    Points 78 83
    FGM-FGA 31-86 (.360) 32-79 (.405)
    3PM-3PA 4-14 (.286) 4-11 (.364)
    FTM-FTA 12-18 (.667) 15-24 (.625)
    Rebounds (Offensive-Total) 22-53 16-50
    Assists 16 18
    Turnovers 13 9
    Steals 6 4
    Blocks 4 5
    Fast Break Points 2 3
    Fouls (Tech/Flagrant) 20 (0/0) 19 (0/0)

    Top Performers

    Ben Wallace Wallace
    Points: 16
    Reb: 20
    Ast: 3
    Stl: 2
    Blk: 3
    Joe Smith Smith
    Points: 18
    Reb: 17
    Ast: 0
    Stl: 1
    Blk: 0