Pistons go up 3-1 on Bucks

Posted: Tuesday, April 27, 2004

MILWAUKEE Richard Hamilton scored 27 points and the Detroit Pistons shot 56.9 percent Monday night in taking a 3-1 series lead with a 109-92 rout of the Milwaukee Bucks.

Neither team had shot better than 45 percent in the best-of-seven series that shifts to Auburn Hills, Mich., for Game 5 on Thursday night.

Rasheed Wallace added 20 points for Detroit, while Chauncey Billups had 19 and Tayshaun Prince 17.

Hamilton's layup with 6:26 left made it 89-75, and the Bucks made their last run, pulling to 95-88 on Damon Jones's 16-footer with 2:18 left.

Prince responded with a 3-pointer and the Bucks never got closer than eight after that.

The Pistons went 20-of-21 from the free throw line, including making all 12 in the fourth quarter, eight in the final 1:09.

Jones had 17 points and 10 assists for Milwaukee, which also got 17 points and 12 rebounds from Joe Smith.

Kings 94, Mavericks 92

DALLAS Peja Stojakovic missed 10 straight shots in the first half, then came back with five straight swishes to get Sacramento rolling to a 94-92 victory over the Dallas Mavericks.

The Kings, who led 91-83 with 3:23 left, lead the best-of-seven series 3-1.

Dallas' Steve Nash took an inbounds pass with 8.4 seconds left and put up a fading 18-footer jumper at the buzzer that bounced off the rim.

Stojakovic scored 16 of his 20 points in the second half and had 11 rebounds, while Mike Bibby led the Kings with 22 points.

Dirk Nowitzki led the Mavericks with 21 points.

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