Perhaps Famed Pistons announcer John Mason knew what was in store.

Forgetting to announce Andre Drummond at center would’ve made it a four-on-five affair and it would’ve given the Milwaukee Bucks a better chance at competing Monday. But who knows if even that would’ve made a difference as the Pistons jumped on the Bucks early on the way to a 113-94 win at The Palace.

Seven Pistons, including all five starters, scored in double figures as they began a four-game home stand that could bring them to the .500 mark, a true sign of progress after a rocky start. Rodney Stuckey scored 17 to lead the Pistons. No player took more than 10 shots.

The Bucks, on the way to losing their ninth straight, didn’t put up much of a fight, giving up a 21-0 run in the first quarter that saw the Pistons score nearly 40 and lead by 20.

“The way we started out the game, our activity on defense was really good,” said Pistons coach Maurice Cheeks, referring to the seven first-quarter steals (leading to 16 points). “And we made shots, (but) I thought defensively allowed us to play the way we played.”

With Chicago, the L.A. Lakers and Philadelphia coming to town in the next week, it’s a prime opportunity to pick up wins in the putrid Eastern Conference, and nobody downplayed the importance of winning two straight for the first time this season.

“Our ability to win back to back, we obviously needed it,” Cheeks said. “We have a few more home games. It helps us out. This game was important, this home stand is important.”

They treated it with a seriousness necessary for a team looking to gain ground. They scored only two second-chance points by way of five offensive rebounds because their initial shots went down with ease (54 percent shooting).

Brandon Knight’s return to The Palace — his first after being traded this summer with Khris Middleton for Brandon Jennings — didn’t go the way he planned. In his second game back from a hamstring injury, he missed five of his seven shots on the way to eight points and four assists in 21 minutes.

Middleton, a promising player the Pistons let go — kept the Bucks in it early — and that’s a relative term, with 14 points and five rebounds in 20 minutes, but the Bucks shot under 40 percent for most of the night before extended garbage time helped that percentage dramatically to 45.2 at game’s end.

To make matters worse for Knight — and better for Pistons fans — the struggling Jennings unleashed his full cocky swagger during the 21-0 run, hitting three straight 3-pointers, all in transition, and oozing confidence with each left-handed jumper.