Pistons Wallop Bell, Bucks

By: AP
By: AP

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Richard Hamilton scored 22 points and Chauncey Billups added 13 points and 12 assists, helping the Detroit Pistons rout the Milwaukee Bucks 114-69 Monday for their ninth straight win.
The 45-point margin of defeat was the third-worst in Bucks history, trailing a pair of 48-point losses. The Pistons have won 17 of 19, including a franchise-record 15 wins in December, while Milwaukee has lost four straight and six of seven.
Tayshaun Prince added 15 points for Detroit, while Antonio McDyess added 10 points and 10 rebounds. The Pistons finished with a season-high 33 assists against just 13 turnovers, while the Bucks had 21 turnovers and 14 assists.
Michael Redd led the Bucks with 18 points, and Yi Jianlian had 12.
The Pistons took control early, leading by 10 midway through the first and by as many as 20 before taking a 56-37 advantage into the intermission. The Pistons outshot the Bucks 57.5 percent to 41.2 percent in the half, and forced 14 turnovers while only committing five.
Billups started the third quarter with a long 3-pointer, giving Detroit a 22-point lead, then brought the crowd to its feet with a rare dunk to make it 76-50 later in the period.
Things got so bad for Milwaukee by the end of the third that, after a Rasheed Wallace 3-pointer, Royal Ivey stepped over the line while trying to inbound the ball. Hamilton then hit a jumper to give Detroit a 31-point lead.
The Pistons led by as many as 44 in the fourth.
NOTES:@ The game was the 200th consecutive announced sellout at the Palace of Auburn Hills. Billups thanked the fans from center court before the game. ... Milwaukee point guard Mo Williams, the Bucks' second-leading scorer, missed the game with tendinitis in his left Achilles'. Charlie Bell replaced him in the starting lineup. ... All 12 Pistons scored, as did 10 of the 11 Bucks who played. Only Awvee Storey failed to get a point.


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