Beasley, Monroe, power Bucks over Pistons, 102-89

Sixth-man Greg Monroe led the way for the Bucks with 25 points and 13 rebounds, well backed by Michael Beasley with 23 points and four assists.

"We got another game and you lace up your shoes, you're ready to play", he said.

The Nets bring a 13-game losing streak into Wednesday's game after losing to Memphis, 112-103, on Monday. Van Gundy used Marjanovic in the second half over Baynes just to look to shake things up on a night where he used adjectives like "miserable", "pathetic", "mindless" and "very bad" to describle all or various parts of his team's performance. They've outscored their opponent by an average of one-half point per game this season in the first quarter, but have trailed by an average of 7.7 points in their last three contests. "I think Jon was doing the best he could, but he was making tough shots".

"Giannis maybe didn't play his best game offensively, but he found other ways to get involved defensively, rebounding, setting guys up, setting screens, letting other guys score the ball and finding open guys", Bucks coach Jason Kidd said.

Antetokounmpo had gone scoreless to that point but finally snapped out of his drought with six in the quarter. It wasn't enough to challenge the Bucks, who were 9 of 14 from the field in the fourth quarter.

"We have a deep roster", Beasley said. And then Greg's a good scorer and we just let him get to his strengths all night.

"I've been on Beas since I was younger", said Morris, who led the Pistons with 26 points on 10-of-17 shooting. After missing the first 50 games of the season while recovering from a torn hamstring, Middleton played two games then did not travel Saturday to IN, where the Bucks played the second half of a back-to-back.

NOTES: Bucks G Khris Middleton scored 11 points in 18 minutes. Pistons C Andre Drummond had 21 points and 12 rebounds. His per game plus-minus mark is -6.9, worst on the team if you discount the little used Reggie Bullock and Henry Ellenson. The Pistons fell for the fifth time in their past six visits to Milwaukee.

"Those two guys crushed us", Stan Van Gundy said after the 102-89 loss to one of the horde of teams on their heels in the congested Eastern Conference playoff race. The two have spent significant time with the Drive this season, playing more there than they have in the National Basketball Association, in development roles.

  • Julie Sanders