Andre Drummond powers Pistons past Bucks

DETROIT – The Detroit Pistons have seen Andre Drummond dominate the boards many nights.

On Friday, they watched him dominate from the free-throw line.

Drummond scored a season-high 24 points, including 14-of-16 from the line, as the Pistons defeated the Milwaukee Bucks 105-96 at Little Caesars Arena.

It was the start of a five-game homestand for the Pistons (6-3). The Bucks (4-5) have lost three in a row.

Drummond established a career high with 14 made free throws. He has made 28-of-36 attempts this season (77.8 percent). He entered the season with a career average of 38.1 percent.

Drummond also grabbed 13 rebounds.

Avery Bradley scored 23 points. Eric Moreland, who played a total of six minutes in the previous six games, scored six points and collected nine rebounds in 20 minutes.

Giannis Antetokounmpo led Milwaukee with 29 points, slightly below his NBA season-leading average of 31.3 points heading into the game.

Drummond brought the crowd to its feet in the waning seconds of the third quarter by dribbling from half court to the basket and drawing the foul. He had 12 points in the quarter, including 10-of-12 free throws, and the Pistons led 82-72.

Detroit led by as many 17, at 67-50, with an 8-2 run to start the quarter.

The Bucks chipped away at the lead as Brogdon scored 10 and Antetokounmpo added eight.

The Pistons stretched the lead to 18 with a 9-1 run to start the fourth quarter.

Bradley scored 19 points in the first half, including 3-of-4 from beyond the arc, as the Pistons led 59-48.

Detroit, after a cold-shooting start, outscored Milwaukee 53-35. The bench keyed the comeback with 17 points. Moreland, whose acrobatic shot at the buzzer put the Pistons ahead 28-26 after the first quarter, scored six points and grabbed five rebounds. Anthony Tolliver had seven points and Ish Smith chipped in four points.

The Pistons closed the half on a 16-6 run. It was highlighted by Drummond’s dunk on a feed from Jackson, Harris’ 3-pointer with his headband crooked after being bumped out of place and Bradley’s three-point play and layup.

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