Allen Iverson and Richard Hamilton combined for 15 of Detroit's 17 points in overtime and the Pistons rallied for a 126-121 overtime win over the injury-plagued Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.
Hamilton finished with 38 points, a career high as a reserve,
and Iverson added 27 points and nine assists to give the Pistons
their second straight gritty win after a 3-10 stretch. Rasheed
Wallace scored 27 points and Antonio McDyess had 16.
This one came down to the wire, twice.
Former Wolf Pack star Ramon Sessions scored 20 of his career-high 44 in the fourth quarter and overtime and put Milwaukee up for the
final time when he hit two free throws that made it 121-120 with 46 seconds left.
But Iverson answered when he stepped back on a drive and hit a
14-footer. Newly acquired Keith Bogans missed a 15-footer for the
Bucks with 15 seconds to play, and Hamilton hit two free throws to
make it 124-121.
The Bucks' last chance to tie ended when Richard Jefferson, who
finished with 16 points, missed a 3-pointer from the corner with
6.2 seconds left and Hamilton added two more free throws to end it.
Charlie Villaneuva scored 33 points and Charlie Bell had 10
points for Milwaukee.
Sessions, the starting point guard because Luke Ridnour will
miss the next four weeks with a broken right thumb, kept the Bucks
ahead despite also missing Michael Redd (knee) and Andrew Bogut
(back) to long-term injuries.
Sessions, who finished with 12 assists and never had more than
25 points in a game before, gave Milwaukee a 102-96 lead with 3:46
to play by weaving past three defenders and converting a
three-point play after his layup.
But Detroit came back because of Hamilton, who hit two jumpers
in a row to give the Pistons a 109-108 lead with 26 seconds left.
Sessions drove to the basket and was fouled, hitting the second of
two to tie the game, but both teams squandered opportunities to win
First McDyess was called for an offensive foul with 9.6 seconds
left, then Bell threw a pass away to Tayshaun Prince that led to
Hamilton missing an open 17-footer in transition as time expired.
Prince finished with seven points, nine assists and 13 rebounds.
Milwaukee, which trailed by 13 points in the first half, quickly
worked out its kinks to take a lead heading into the fourth with
new players like Bogans filling much bigger roles.
Bogans, acquired on Thursday from Orlando for Tyronn Lue,
couldn't participate in the morning shootaround because he hadn't
officially been cleared to play. After he was cleared, he came out
a few hours early to learn what he could and ended up playing 25
Redd said the swelling in his left knee had gone down
and a date for his surgery will be scheduled early next week. Redd
tore ligaments in the knee in a Jan. 24 win against Sacramento and
is out for the season.
Bogut said Thursday he'd miss eight weeks.
Prince played in his 500th career game, including every one this season.
Bogans, originally drafted by the Bucks in 2003 in the second round
but traded to Orlando, made his Milwaukee debut with 57 seconds
left in the first quarter.