AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — After Milwaukee's reserves helped turn things around, Brandon Jennings turned the game into a rout.
Jennings scored 20 of his 30 points in the third quarter as the Bucks cruised to a 117-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
Mike Dunleavy had 17 points and Monta Ellis added 14 for the Bucks, who rallied from a 15-point first-quarter deficit to take a 10-point lead at halftime. The Milwaukee reserves outscored Detroit's 59-41, including 28-10 in the key second quarter.
"We got a ton of energy from our second unit to help us get back into the game — that really set the tone and got everybody's blood going a little," Milwaukee coach Jim Boylan said. "And then Brandon came out and what can you say about that third quarter? Just 'wow'."
Jennings, considered a possibility to replace injured Boston guard Rajon Rondo at the All-Star game, certainly didn't hurt his chances against Detroit. At one stretch in the third period, he hit four straight 3-pointers while accounting for all of the scoring during the Bucks' 16-0 run that gave them an 85-56 lead.
"We were just really aggressive in that quarter," Jennings said. "Our bigs gave us everything they had, and that gave us some unbelievable intensity."
Jennings finally cooled down late in the third, throwing up an air ball while going for his sixth 3 of the period, but he just laughed off the ensuing chant from what was left of a tiny Palace crowd.
"We know that a guy like Brandon Jennings, who has been struggling a little, was going to come out and try to play at a high level tonight," said Pistons coach Lawrence Frank. "He just turned the game into a show in the third quarter, and we couldn't do anything to stop it."
Rookie Andre Drummond had 18 points and 18 rebounds for Detroit, while Greg Monroe scored 14 points. Drummond became just the second teenager to have an 18-18 game since 1985-86, joining Dwight Howard.
Detroit, which hopes to make a run at the playoffs now that Boston has lost Rondo, won't have a shot if they play many more games like Tuesday's.