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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. — Brandon Jennings made four consecutive 3-pointers in the first quarter against his former team, and the Detroit Pistons overwhelmed Milwaukee with a dazzling first half in a 113-94 victory over the Bucks on Monday night.
Jennings was traded from Milwaukee to Detroit last offseason after four seasons with the Bucks. He hadn’t been shooting well for the Pistons, but that changed right away Monday, when he led Detroit on a 21-0 run toward the end of the first quarter.
The Pistons led 38-18 after one and by as many as 34 in the third.
Jennings finished with 15 points and 13 assists. Brandon Knight, who went from Detroit to Milwaukee in the trade, scored eight points. The Bucks have lost nine straight.
Khris Middleton, whom the Bucks also got from the Pistons in that deal, had 14 points. John Henson led Milwaukee with 15.
The Pistons have won back-to-back games for the first time this season. Their offseason makeover, which included the trade for Jennings and the acquisition of free agent Josh Smith, hasn’t really clicked yet, but this game was a blowout almost from the start.
Milwaukee coach Larry Drew called a timeout 84 seconds into the game, with his team down 8-2. Detroit led 17-14 before its decisive run, which included three 3-pointers by Jennings in span of 1:19.
When Greg Monroe scored off an assist from Jennings to make it 36-14, the Pistons were shooting 15 of 20 from the field.
Detroit’s Charlie Villanueva, who had scored only 10 points all season, matched that total in the second quarter. He made a couple 3-pointers, as well as a breakaway dunk after one of Milwaukee’s 15 first-half turnovers.
It was 65-34 at halftime.
Villanueva finished with 12 points, one of seven Pistons in double figures. Rodney Stuckey led Detroit with 17 points.
One of the Pistons’ strengths has been the offensive rebounding of Monroe and Andre Drummond, but they didn’t need much of that Monday because they weren’t missing many shots to begin with.
The third quarter began with a free throw — Milwaukee’s O.J. Mayo had been whistled for a technical foul as the teams left the court at halftime — and the game quickly became tedious after that. The Pistons and Bucks combined to shoot 26 free throws in the third, but Milwaukee never cut into the lead in any meaningful way.
The Bucks’ losing streak equals their longest since they dropped 15 in a row in 1996, according to STATS. The last time Milwaukee lost nine straight was in 2008 — and that skid spanned the end of one season and the beginning of another.
NOTES: Carlos Delfino (right foot) and Larry Sanders (right thumb) were out for Milwaukee. The Pistons were missing Chauncey Billups (knee tendinitis). ... The Bucks finished with 20 turnovers, leading to 26 Detroit points.