It was never a blowout, but Detroit led most of the way and it was a welcome change of pace from the 109-88 drubbing the Pistons received courtesy of the Bucks on Nov. 23.
The Pistons were led by Andre Drummond, who struggled with his shot but grabbed 23 rebounds (to go with 17 points) and was able to best former teammate Greg Monroe who finished with 14 points and 13 rebounds. Despite the monster rebounding game from Drummond, Detroit was actually out-rebounded 51-46.
The Pistons used a monster second quarter, scoring 34 points on 70 percent shooting, to take an 11-point lead into halftime and played ahead the rest of the game.
Reggie Jackson scored 11 points in that second quarter and finished with 23 points and five assists. Marcus Morris matched his total, also scoring 23.
Every time it looked like Detroit was going to pull away, the Bucks would scratch their way back within six or so points and make Detroit sweat. The Pistons' saving grace was some ill-timed fouling late by the Bucks that put Jackson and Morris on the line to help inflate the lead back to a two- and three-possession game.
The Bucks were led by Khris Middleton with 21, including 14 points in the fourth, when the contest was mostly decided and Milwaukee was launching threes to try and get back into the game.