Gordon, Daye lead Pistons over Bucks in OTOct 9, 2010 - 3:12 AM AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Detroit coach John Kuester would have preferred to get this victory over with sooner.
"Just what you want in a preseason game, right?" Kuester said. "Overtime."
Luckily for Kuester, the Pistons bounced back after blowing a five-point lead in the final minute of regulation to beat the Milwaukee Bucks 115-110 on Friday night.
A typical preseason game sees both teams using around 15 players, but the Pistons and Bucks each had just 10 due to injuries and other absences.
Richard Hamilton missed the game after the birth of his child, while Tracy McGrady and Andrew Bogut were both rested. Eight players sat out with injuries.
"We were short-handed, so we did a lot of experimenting with lineups and we had to play a few guys a lot of minutes," Kuester said. "Our young guys did a great job of coming through for us."
Austin Daye led Detroit with 21 points, including a key jumper in the extra period.
"I felt comfortable out there, and Will Bynum was getting me the ball in the right spots," said the second-year forward. "Part of my scoring was just being out there for 25 minutes, but I also want to be more aggressive this season."
Brandon Jennings, Chris Douglas-Roberts and Ersan Ilyasova all had 18 for the Bucks.
"We did a lot of good things tonight, but our defense wasn't good," Milwaukee coach Scott Skiles said. "We weren't getting enough effort, and we weren't active."
Milwaukee led 77-72 going into the fourth quarter, but the Pistons answered with a 18-5 run to start the period.
Detroit led by five in the final minutes, but Earl Boykins hit two straight shots, including a 3-pointer to force overtime. The Pistons won the game with a 7-0 run in the extra period.
Rookie Larry Sanders had 12 points, nine rebounds and five blocked shots in 32 minutes for Milwaukee.
"That was impressive, because he doesn't really know what he's doing out there," Skiles said. "He's doing everything on instinct, so he'll get even better once he learns how to position himself."
FINAL IN 1ST OT 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH 1OT TOTAL
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MILWAUKEE 20 27 30 27 6 110
DETROIT 31 21 20 32 11 110 FINAL IN 1ST OT
HIGH SCORERS: MIL - CHRIS DOUGLAS-ROBERTS 18, ERSAN
ILYASOVA 18, BRANDON JENNINGS 18
DET - AUSTIN DAYE 21, BEN GORDON 19, TWO
PLAYERS WITH 15
Oct 8 10:15 PM
END OF REG 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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MILWAUKEE 20 27 30 27 104
DETROIT 31 21 20 32 104 END OF REG
NBA MILWAUKEE AT DETROIT
HIGH SCORERS AFTER 4TH QUARTER
MIL - ERSAN ILYASOVA 18, BRANDON JENNINGS 18,
CHRIS DOUGLAS-ROBERTS 16
DET - AUSTIN DAYE 19, BEN GORDON 19, RODNEY
Oct 8 10:03 PM
DETROIT 72 END, 3RD QTR
Oct 8 9:21 PM
HALFTIME 1ST 2ND 3RD 4TH TOTAL
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MILWAUKEE 20 27 47
DETROIT 31 21 52 HALFTIME
HIGH SCORERS AT HALFTIME
MIL - CHRIS DOUGLAS-ROBERTS 10, ERSAN ILYASOVA
8, KEYON DOOLING 7
DET - WILL BYNUM 8, BEN GORDON 8,
RODNEY STUCKEY 8
Oct 8 8:40 PM
DETROIT 31 END, 1ST QTR
Oct 8 8:09 PM
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