Pistons vs. Bucks final score: Strong fourth quarter, Josh Smith lifts Detroit to sad victory

Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

The Bucks failed to win No. 15 in their 74th game of the season.

What happened:

The Pistons trailed by nine at the half and by as many as 11 in the third quarter before mounting a comeback against the 14-win Milwaukee Bucks.

After the Bucks went up 11 early in the third quarter, the Pistons outscored the Bucks 27-17 the rest of the frame behind ... I'm not sure what exactly. The Pistons only shot 39 percent in the quarter, but the Bucks are the Bucks.

In the fourth quarter, Greg Monroe and Josh Smith combined to shoot 11-for-16 and score 25 of the Pistons' 35 points in making up the final difference. With a minute and a half remaining in the game, Smith hit a three and dunked the game out of reach and even more obnoxiously celebrated like he just swindled Joe Dumars.

Who stood out:

Smith scored 26 points on 11-for-19 shooting and had some highlight plays. Did I mention the Bucks have won only 14 games this season?

Greg Monroe had a game-high 28 points on 12-for-21 shooting.

Bullets:

-- Andre Drummond only played 28 minutes and had 10 points, 16 rebounds.

-- Box Score

-- Brandon Knight was 7 for 21 shooting (0 for 4 from three), but he did get to the line 14 times, making 11 of his freebies. He had 25 points in all, while also grabbing nine rebounds and dishing out seven assists opposite zero turnovers. Not a bad final line for the former 'ston, considering the shooting.

-- Brandon Jennings had 20 points and 13 assists (one turnover).

-- Will Bynum had 12 points and eight assists (zero turnovers) off the bench.

-- Luckily for the Pistons, the Kings also won, which means they are still a game back of the No. 7 spot. Due to the Lakers not playing, LAL moved into the No. 6 spot, a game and a half ahead of the Pistons.

-- Roll Call

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