AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Chris Wilcox scored a season-high 27 points and grabbed 13 rebounds to help the Detroit Pistons beat the Milwaukee Bucks 110-100 on Friday night.
Rodney Stuckey added 22 for the Pistons, including four straight free throws in the final minutes to help Detroit win its second straight.
The victory, hours after Detroit players and coaches learned the team will be sold to billionaire California investor Tom Gores, guaranteed the Pistons a winning home record.
Detroit led 55-51 at halftime and went on an 11-2 run early in the third quarter to push the advantage to double digits. Milwaukee trailed 84-74 at the start of the final period and trimmed the lead to 100-96 with less than 3 minutes to play.
That's when Stuckey answered with his free throws, and the Bucks never threatened again.
Brandon Jennings had 31 points for the Bucks, but only four in the fourth quarter. Ersan Ilyasova, who missed the last 21 games with concussion symptoms, scored 18 in his first outing since Feb. 23.
Tayshaun Prince finished with 16 points and reserve Charlie Villanueva added 15 to help the Pistons win their 28th game, one more than last season's total.
Notes: Gores, who grew up in nearby Flint, did not attend the game. The tentative sale agreement also includes the Palace of Auburn Hills and two nearby outdoor entertainment venues. ... The Bucks announced earlier Friday that C Andrew Bogut will miss the rest of the season because of pain in his right elbow. He will undergo arthroscopic surgery to remove loose particles and scar tissue there. Jon Brockman, who missed the last four games with a left shoulder injury, started in his place. ... Detroit G Will Bynum (right knee strain) and C Ben Wallace (right knee) each missed their second straight game.