The Pistons had a 29-25 lead after the first quarter, in which the starters played the majority of the time. (Andre Drummond played 7:25, but it wasn't a result of foul trouble; Stan Van Gundy likely removed him to keep him fresh so that he could match up with Larry Sanders, who did exit early with foul trouble.)
The second quarter was a different story, however. The Bucks outscored the Pistons 28-16 behind Jared Dudley's 11 points off the bench. That would be more than any of the Bucks' starters in the entire game. In the fourth quarter, Ersan Ilyasova would do the same thing -- outscore all of the starters -- in the first three and a half minutes!
The Bucks finished the game with four players in double figures, all of whom came off the bench. In total, the Bucks' bench outscored the Pistons' 69-13. That's 10 more points than the Pistons scored in the final three quarters altogether. All 13 Bucks three-pointers were hit by their bench players, not a single one of whom was shooting over 33 percent from there entering Friday night's game.
Following the game, Van Gundy was matter of fact. "They shot the hell out of the ball ... Once they went to the bench, we had no answers."
Van Gundy went into detail about the aforementioned numbers and grew terse, "We had no answers."
No answers and thus, no wins in seven games over two weeks.
And don't expect the answers to start coming until December. The 13-2 Golden State Warriors, who the Pistons haven't beaten in their last five tries, are in town on Sunday.