Bucks 102, Pistons 89

Beasley is filling in for Jabari Parker (out for season, knee surgery) and his 23 points were the most he's scored since he had 28 on January 10. Head coach Jason Kidd called the win at IN one of the Bucks' best games as a team - they assisted on 28 of their 35 field goals, committed just six turnovers and made a season-high 17 three-pointers - and the triumph over Detroit marked the first time since January 2 that Milwaukee had held an opponent under 100 points.

The Bucks are 4-12 since a 116-108 home win over the Miami Heat on January 13. "Fourteen guys ready to play at a high level". Monroe has scored 42 points on 18 of 23 shooting in his last two games while Beasley made his first six shots during his second start for the injured Parker. "With Jabari down and Giannis not making shots, you can't just call it a night". I'd expect his playtime to be limited to potentially non-existent if Middleton plays tonight, but his decent defensive showing could mean he'll get a chance against the marksman Caldwell-Pope. He was averaging 20.1 points and 6.3 rebounds per game before suffering a torn ACL. You just have to pick up the slack. "They played well, they beat us up on the offensive glass". They'll face a Detroit team still exuberant after a narrow 102-101 defeat of the Toronto Raptors. The Nets were plagued by two lengthy scoring droughts in the first and second quarters and allowed Memphis point guard Mike Conley to score 11 straight points down the stretch. It wasn't enough to challenge the Bucks, who were 9 of 14 from the field in the fourth quarter.

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Since the loss to the Heat - in which Khris Middleton, who'd missed the first 50 games with a hamstring injury, made his season debut - and a subsequent home defeat to the Los Angeles Lakers, the Bucks have won two games in a row, beating the Pacers in IN and the Detroit Pistons at home.

"We were bad", Van Gundy said. Monroe then took his turn in the second with 13 points in the period to help Milwaukee take a 51-34 advantage into the half.

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