Rodney Stuckey wasn’t having a great evening, but being engaged allows one to make plays off pure hustle and recognition. He forced the ball off Bucks guard Gary Neal’s thigh but Stuckey ran after it, dove on it to retrieve it and fed Brandon Jennings, who fumbled his chance at an uncontested layup. But the third Mr. Johnny-on-the-spot, Kyle Singler, wasn’t leaving anything to chance either, coming down the right wing and setting up as Jennings finally recovered, hitting a 3-pointer that took the air from the jeering Bucks faithful. It didn’t seal the game but it illustrated the attitude, the identity this team hopes to be developing. In what was billed as Jennings’ homecoming — and the feel of a classic letdown game — but a few minutes of flat-out brilliant basketball was enough to beat the struggling Milwaukee Bucks at BMO Harris Bradley Center, 105-98 Wednesday for their third straight win, pulling them within one game of the .500 mark. Andre Drummond led the Pistons (9-10) with 24 points, 19 rebounds and three blocks while Greg Monroe shook off a sluggish start to nearly match his teammate with 18 and 17 boards. Singler made five of his six shots before fouling out to score 15 off the bench, as the Pistons have won five of their last seven. Jennings was probably too hyped up to play against the team that no longer wanted him after four years as point guard, and perhaps his fatigue from Tuesday night’s game in Miami was a factor as he looked out of sync for most the night. He finished with 15 points and 11 assists but missed 12 of his 16 shots while being booed every time he touched the ball and committing six turnovers — after giving it up seven times in Miami. Luckily for him, in the same way he bailed the Pistons out with his desperation, 9-1-1 triple in South Beach, the teammates he’s adjusting to playing with decided to take a more aggressive tone in the third quarter, when it looked like the Bucks were prime for an upset of sorts.
Pistons topple Bucks 105-98 for third win in a row
Detroit News | Dec 5