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Jennings scores 30 as Bucks beat Pistons, 117-90

AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- After Milwaukee's reserves helped
turn things around, Brandon Jennings turned the game into a

Jennings scored 20 of his 30 points in the third quarter as the
Bucks cruised to a 117-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons on
Tuesday night.

Mike Dunleavy had 17 points and Monta Ellis added 14 for the
Bucks, who rallied from a 15-point first-quarter deficit to take
a 10-point lead at halftime. The Milwaukee reserves outscored
Detroit's 59-41, including 28-10 in the key second quarter.

"We got a ton of energy from our second unit to help us get back
into the game - that really set the tone and got everybody's
blood going a little," Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan said. "And
then Brandon came out and what can you say about that third
quarter? Just `wow'."

Jennings, considered a possibility to replace injured Boston
guard Rajon Rondo at the All-Star game, certainly didn't hurt
his chances against Detroit. At one stretch in the third period,
he hit four straight 3-pointers while accounting for all of the
scoring during the Bucks' 16-0 run that gave them an 85-56 lead.

"We were just really aggressive in that quarter," Jennings said.
"Our bigs gave us everything they had, and that gave us some
unbelievable intensity."

Jennings finally cooled down late in the third, throwing up an
air ball while going for his sixth 3 of the period, but he just
laughed off the ensuing chant from what was left of a tiny
Palace crowd.

"We know that a guy like Brandon Jennings, who has been
struggling a little, was going to come out and try to play at a
high level tonight," said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. "He just
turned the game into a show in the third quarter, and we
couldn't do anything to stop it."

Rookie Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit,
while Greg Monroe scored 14 points. Drummond became just the
second teenager to have an 18-18 game since 1985-86, joining
Dwight Howard.

Detroit, which hopes to make a run at the playoffs now that
Boston has lost Rondo, won't have a shot if they play many more
games like Tuesday's.

"It was a strange game," the Pistons' Charlie Villanueva said.
"We came out playing really well for the first 10 or 11 minutes,
and after that it was all downhill. They turned it up, and we
just collapsed."

After taking a 28-13 lead with 1:43 remaining in the first
quarter, the Pistons were outscored 77-35 over the next nearly
25 minutes. Milwaukee had a 33-14 scoring edge in the second
period, including Samuel Dalembert tipping in a missed free
throw that had been taken with 0.1 seconds left.

"The worst part about that play was that it was Milwaukee's
third offensive rebound off a missed free throw in the first
half," Frank said. "I'm not sure I've ever seen that before. We
had a chance to get up big, but they started playing harder than
we did, and that changed the whole personality of the game."

Things got even worse in the third quarter as Jennings helped
the Bucks stretch their lead to 29 with 3:42 remaining in the

Detroit's defensive effort disappeared at that point, leading to
a particularly ugly sequence in the fourth. Dalembert got open
for back-to-back uncontested dunks in a half-court set, with
John Henson making it three in a row on the next possession.

"When someone comes out firing like Brandon did in the third
quarter, I think it takes a lot of life out of the other team,"
Boylan said. "He's been doing that a lot for us lately."

NOTES: Dunleavy had a four-point play as part of his 14-point
second quarter. ... The Pistons had beaten Milwaukee in both
meetings this season. ... The Pistons honored NASCAR Sprint Cup
champion Brad Keselowski at halftime. Keselowski is from
Rochester Hills, only a few miles from the Palace. ... Howard
had three games of at least 18 rebounds and 18 points at the age
of 19.

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