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Bucks host Pistons in Brew City

(SportsNetwork.com) - The Milwaukee Bucks will try to snap a two-game losing streak Saturday night when they welcome the Detroit Piston to the Bradley Center.

The Bucks have dropped their last two on this four-game homestand, which began with a victory over the New York Knicks. Since, Milwaukee fell to the Toronto Raptors and Utah Jazz.

On Wednesday, the Bucks lost to Utah, 101-99.

Brandon Knight and Jared Dudley each scored 16 points for the Bucks, who close their homestand Saturday night. Zaza Pachulia contributed 10 points and 10 boards.

Giannis Antetokounmpo finished with 13 points and O.J. Mayo chipped in 12 off the bench.

Utah owned a 101-92 edge with 2:36 to play, but the Bucks scored the next seven points to pull within two. Pachulia's layup, Antetokounmpo's slam and a Dudley 3-pointer cut the gap to 101-99 with 1:29 remaining.

The score was the same when Dudley missed from the top of the arc with seven seconds left. Milwaukee retained possession as the ball went out off Rudy Gobert, but Knight missed a jumper and Pachulia missed the tip-in at the buzzer.

"For us to fight and put ourselves in a position to tie or win the game after coming out slow, you gotta give those guys that came off the bench, they gave us a spark," Bucks coach Jason Kidd said. "It was a tale of two halves tonight."

The Bucks head out on a three-game road trip, starting Sunday in San Antonio, followed by stops in Miami and Orlando.

The Pistons won three of their last four, although the only setback came on the road against the piping-hot Atlanta Hawks. That stopped a seven-game road winning streak.

Last time out, Detroit defeated the Orlando Magic, 128-118, at The Palace of Auburn Hills, on Wednesday.

Brandon Jennings scored 24 points and handed out a career-high 21 assists to lead the Pistons.

Andre Drummond led the Pistons with 26 points, and Greg Monroe was not far behind with 24 of his own. Drummond and Monroe had 17 and 10 rebounds, respectively.

The Pistons led by 14 early in the fourth quarter, but the Magic pulled within two. Detroit pulled back ahead and did enough for the victory.

"We did a great job after they got the game back to two," said Pistons coach Stan Van Gundy. "We gathered ourselves really well and played very well down the stretch. It's another learning experience."

The Pistons finish this mini road trip Sunday in Toronto.

The Bucks have won two of three meetings this season between the Central Division rivals. The two teams have split the last 10 meetings in Milwaukee.