AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) — John Salmons had 18 points, including a game-clinching 3-pointer, in his Milwaukee debut as the Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 91-85 on Friday night.
Milwaukee traded Joe Alexander and Hakim Warrick to Chicago for Salmons on Thursday. One night later, he helped the Bucks overcome Brandon Jennings' 1-for-13 shooting night.
Richard Hamilton scored 29 points to lead Detroit.
Salmons hit a 3-pointer with 16 seconds left to give Milwaukee an 88-84 lead. Rodney Stuckey made one of two free throws, and then Jennings sealed it from the line.
Detroit, normally a poor-shooting team, hit its first 11 shots before Hamilton missed a 17-foot jumper with 3:05 left in the first quarter. That helped the Pistons build a 25-12 lead, but Milwaukee was back in front early in the second period.
Milwaukee led 50-46 at the half, helped by 10 second-quarter points from Jerry Stackhouse, and were ahead by as many as 10 in the third.
Detroit narrowed the gap to 81-80 with four minutes left, and Jennings missed a pair of 3-pointers to keep the Pistons in it. Ilyasova hit an off-balance jumper with 1:47 left, but Stuckey's steal and layup put Detroit back within a point.
NOTES: Hamilton and Luc Mbah a Moute picked up technicals for trash-talking early in the third quarter. ... The Pistons didn't attempt a 3-point shot until Jonas Jerebko missed late in the third quarter. ... Newly acquired Primoz Brezec and Royal Ivey were both inactive for Milwaukee.