Jennings leads Bucks past Pistons
Jennings scored 21 points, had a key block in the closing seconds and made the clinching free throws with 5.9 seconds left, leading the Bucks to a 92-90 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
“That’s just making plays down the stretch in the fourth quarter,” Jennings said. “That was something I asked for. I knew Coach (Scott Skiles) was going to challenge me. He kind of kept the ball in my hands in the fourth quarter, so I had to contribute for him.”
Skiles kept Jennings on the bench in the fourth quarter of the Bucks’ 83-75 loss to the Chicago Bulls on Saturday night. After that game, Jennings commented that his role had diminished this year and the offense wasn’t running through him as much as his rookie season.
Detroit’s Richard Hamilton emerged from coach John Kuester’s doghouse to score 10 points in 26 minutes off the bench.
Milwaukee won for only the third time in nine games despite having its top frontcourt players on the bench due to injury and illness.
Rodney Stuckey scored 25 points for Detroit, which has lost seven of nine.
Carlos Delfino had 16 points and a season-high 10 rebounds for Milwaukee.
Milwaukee played without four key frontline players: center Andrew Bogut, out at least a week with a strained muscle near his ribcage; Luc Richard Mbah a Moute (flulike symptoms), Ersan Ilyasova (concussion); and Drew Gooden (plantar fasciitis).
Milwaukee signed center Earl Barron to a 10-day contract before the game and was forced to play him 16 minutes. He scored four points and grabbed nine rebounds.
Detroit used its advantage down low to outscore Milwaukee, 52-28, in the paint.
The Bucks took the lead for good at 77-75 on Keyon Dooling’s 16-foot jumper with 10:36 left.
Jennings scored 12 points and the Bucks led, 51-50, at halftime.