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Bucks snap 9-game skid, beat Pistons 104-101

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 22, 2014 at 11:01 pm •  Published: January 22, 2014
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MILWAUKEE (AP) — Every shot Caron Butler made helped dull the pain of a recent root canal.

Ending a nine-game losing streak?

That gave the Milwaukee Bucks' veteran forward a reason to smile.

Butler scored 30 points two days after major dental work and the Bucks rallied from 13 points down in the third quarter for a 104-101 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Wednesday night.

"I don't have that much energy," Butler said with a smile. "I'm going to go home, go to sleep. Just relax."

A well-deserved break after shooting 12 of 21 and leading the charge by the Bucks' bench in the fourth quarter.

All on his bobblehead night, too. Butler was questionable for the game because he was still getting over his trip to the dentist.

"I wasn't feeling good yesterday, feeling extremely weak," he said. Coach Larry Drew "believed in me tonight and gave me an opportunity. That's why it was even more special."

Brandon Knight added 16 points against the team that traded him in the offseason, while backup center Miroslav Raduljica added eight points and eight rebounds. He was part of the reserve corps — with Khris Middleton (10 points) and Luke Ridnour (eight points) — that helped close the gap.

The Bucks trailed 76-63 in the third quarter, largely due to Brandon Jennings, who finished with 30 points for Detroit.

But Butler provided a boost with his jumper in the fourth and the Bucks held on late.

Josh Smith missed two foul shots with about 5 seconds left and Rodney Stuckey missed a desperation 3 at the buzzer.

"It's important we keep the attitude and intensity. I think we got a little comfortable, but we can't let that happen," Jennings said. "No matter what their record is, that's an NBA team over there.

At 8-33, the Bucks have the worst record in the NBA, but received a sorely needed confidence boost at the midpoint of the season.

"I told our guys after the game, it's nice to get off that losing streak. Let's enjoy the moment, remember what this feels like tomorrow," Drew said. "By no stretch of the imagination is losing fun."

Knight, who was traded for Jennings, also had nine assists and six rebounds, while Ersan Ilyasova added 12 points.

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