NBA Game Summary - Detroit at Milwaukee
(Saturday, February 7th)
Final Score: Detroit 126, Milwaukee 121 (OT)
Milwaukee, WI (Sports Network) - Richard Hamilton tallied a season-high with 38 points off the bench as the Detroit Pistons outlasted the Milwaukee Bucks, 126-121, in overtime in a battle of Central Division rivals.
Rasheed Wallace also achieved a season-high with 27 points and set a career- mark with seven three-pointers for the Pistons, who have won two in a row. Allen Iverson chipped in 27 points and nine assists while Antonio McDyess finished with 16 points and nine boards.
"I think we showed a lot of character tonight being that we had a lot go against us," said Iverson. "We had some rough calls against us towards the end of the game and we just showed poise and stayed with it and kept playing."
Ramon Sessions set a career-high with 44 points and doled out a season-high 12 assists for the Bucks, who have lost two in a row. Charlie Villanueva had a season-high 33 points and Richard Jefferson had 16 points.
"Those points and those assists really don't mean much because we didn't get the win," said Sessions. "Tonight was my career-high, but I wish we could've got the win instead of those 44 points."
Keith Bogans, playing in his first game with the Bucks since a trade with Orlando, had eight points in defeat.
Up by three late in the game, Sessions lost the ball and Detroit took over. McDyess then nailed a jumper to make it 106-105 with 1:49 left.
The teams traded baskets and the Pistons, still trailing by one, got the ball back with 34.3 seconds left following a missed short-range jumper from Francisco Elson. Hamilton had his layup bid swatted on the Pistons' first play, but retained possession.
On the ensuing inbounds pass, Tayshaun Prince hit Hamilton on a short pass and "Rip" drained a baseline jumper to give the visitors the lead, 109-108, with 26 seconds remaining.
Sessions then drove the lane down at the other end but was fouled with 21 seconds left. He hit 1-of-2 at the stripe to tie it at 109-all.
The Pistons held the ball for the final shot but with 9.6 seconds left, McDyess was called for an offensive foul and Milwaukee got the ball.
Prince stole the ball on the Bucks' inbounds pass and hustled down the court before passing to Hamilton for a last-second shot. His bid caromed off the rim, though, and the teams headed for overtime.
Wallace's dunk tied the game at 117 with 80 seconds left in the extra frame.
Bogans hit a pair from the line, then with 53.7 seconds left Iverson drove the lane and dropped in a layup high off the glass and was fouled. He connected for a three-point play to make it 120-119.
The teams traded baskets and Charlie Bell botched a short-range jumper while Prince grabbed the rebound with 15.2 seconds left to give Detroit the ball up by one.
Hamilton was fouled with 14.8 seconds left and hit both shots to make it 124-121.
The Bucks had one last shot but Jefferson's three-point attempt bounced off the rim and hit the shot clock, giving the Pistons the ball and essentially the game.
The Pistons led 30-19 after the first frame and were up 54-45 at the break.
The lead seesawed for the better part of the third quarter and Villanueva's free throw and Sessions' dunk gave the Bucks an 82-79 lead heading into the final 12 minutes.
Down by five late in the fourth, Iverson drained a pair from the line and McDyess nailed a jumper to bring the visitors within 97-96 with 4 1/2 minutes left.
Sessions then poured in five straight points to make it 102-96, but Prince knocked down a three to make it a three-point affair with 3:23 showing on the clock.
Detroit was 10-of-18 from three-point range while Milwaukee was 6-for-17 from downtown...The Pistons outrebounded the Bucks, 44-36...The Bucks lost starting point guard Luke Ridnour for the next month due to a broken right thumb he suffered in practice on Thursday. Milwaukee is already without star guard Michael Redd for the remainder of the season with a knee injury, and center Andrew Bogut is out eight weeks with a back problem...The Pistons, who are 13-10 on the road this season, have topped the Bucks four straight times, including an 87-76 win in Milwaukee on December 27. The Bucks are 14-9 as the host on the year.
02/08 01:21:51 ET