Pistons vs. Bucks final score: Familiar fourth-quarter collapse leads NBA-worst Milwaukee past Detroit, 104-101

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With Greg Monroe glued to the bench in the fourth quarter, the Pistons were no match for Caron Butler and fell victim to the Milwaukee Bucks on Wednesday night.

What Happened

Hopefully, this is the bottom. The Detroit Pistons dropped a game they had control of to the NBA-worst Milwaukee Bucks,104-101, after an inexplicable and familiar collapse in the fourth quarter.

And if this isn't the bottom then the only thing that could possibly be worse is either, 1. Another team mutiny against its coach, or 2. Selling out the future for a slightly less painful present (aka trading Greg Monroe).

Who Stood Out

The Pistons were led by Greg Monroe, who was able to take advantage of a Bucks team missing defensive big man Larry Sanders due to illness. The smaller front line of Ekpe Udoh and John Henson couldn't handle Monroe's quick first step or crafty post moves. Monroe had 10 points and four boards through the first quarter. Through three quarters, he had 18 points, seven rebounds and three assists.

Unfortunately, shortly into the fourth quarter he made the grave sin of getting badly burned down the floor by Miroslav Radujica, who went in for an easy and emphatic jam. Coach Maurice Cheeks was obviously miffed, and all the good Monroe did for the previous 29 minutes on the floor were forgotten.

The rest of the way, the power forward spot was manned by Josh Smith, who had eight points on 2-for-10 shooting, several bad long jump shots and only six rebounds in 34 minutes.

Monroe sat down at the 7:05 mark with his team nursing a 92-91 lead. And the Pistons would score nine points the rest of the way. Their only made baskets consisted of an Andre Drummond tip-in off of a bad Brandon Jennings jumper (natch) and a Rodney Stuckey 17-foot jumper.

The offense was simply non-existent.

Without Monroe on the floor, and with Josh Smith and Drummond ineffective on offense all night, the Pistons, inevitably, relied heavily on its backcourt, going with a three-guard lineup of Jennings, Stuckey and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope. Those three combined to go 2-for-13 for eight points in the fourth quarter.

Winning basketball it ain't.

And Monroe had to watch the entire thing unfold from a seat on the bench, probably wondering what he has to do be on the floor when it matters most. Apparently, the answer is play mistake-free basketball while his teammates are allowed to bumble and stumble their way to another loss.

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