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Pistons defeat Bucks with 2nd half surge, 102-78

It was the tale of two halves Monday night for the Pistons, as they looked like a completely different team coming out of the locker room to start the third.

NBA: Preseason-Milwaukee Bucks at Detroit Pistons Tim Fuller-USA TODAY Sports

What if I told you that the Pistons were losing this game by 17 points at one point? To say the Pistons were flat on offense in the first half would be an understatement.

Granted, they were playing without Marcus Morris and Reggie Jackson, but that has been a normal occurrence for the preseason so far.

The Pistons were able to make the score somewhat respectable heading into the locker room, 48-40, but they did not play a good half by any means. The passing was sloppy, the shooting was poor and everybody was out of sync. The defense was not horrible, but was still nothing to write home about.

Stan Van Gundy must have given KCP some of Michael’s Secret Stuff, because he went off in the 3rd quarter. KCP has been the center of criticism throughout the preseason as his shot has not been falling. He hit five three-pointers in the 3rd quarter and sparked a 20-0 Pistons run that put this game away.

The Pistons were not only hitting everything that they threw up, but they also played some solid defense during their 3rd quarter run. Things have not always been right for the Pistons on offense during the preseason, but their defense has been pretty solid throughout.

The Pistons made 13 three pointers in this game and shot 50 percent from three.

KCP stole the show with 23 points, but there were a few other Pistons who had solid games. One notable performance was 1st round pick Henry Ellenson, who finished the game with 14 points and was 3-3 from distance. Tobias Harris also continued to be a steadying offensive presence for the Pistons with 16 points.

The Pistons will play their final preseason game against the Toronto Raptors on Wednesday.