An Andre Drummond last second tip-in pushed the Detroit Pistons to a 92-91 victory over the Milwaukee Bucks on Monday.
Trailing by one with under 10 seconds remaining, Kentavious Caldwell-Pope cranked a deep 3-point attempt from the left wing that hit front iron. Drummond, with position established under the basket, was able to re-direct the rebound into the bucket with 2.1 seconds remaining.
The Pistons, trailing by five with under a minute remaining, chipped away at the Bucks lead with a shifty scoop layup from Reggie Jackson followed by a pair of free throws from Tobias Harris on the following possession.
Still trailing by one, Detroit fouled Bucks guard Jerryd Bayless with nine seconds remaining. Bayless missed both free throws, leaving the door open for a comeback opportunity, ultimately leading to Caldwell-Pope’s miss and Drummond’s game-winning tip.
After trailing by as many as 17 points early, the Pistons used a 20-3 second quarter run sparked by a handful of triples from Marcus Morris and Anthony Tolliver to claw there way back to within three points at half.
But the Bucks pushed on, led by budding star Giannis Antetokounmpo and ex-Piston Khris Middleton. The duo combined to score 48 points on 21-of-33 shooting from the floor. Middleton’s jumper with 30 seconds remaining pushed the Bucks lead back to three, putting the Pistons on the ropes before Drummond’s heroics.
The Pistons were led by Marcus Morris, who scored 21 points on 8-of-9 shooting (4-of-4 from the arc). Drummond finished with 14 points and 16 rebounds.
Additional Notes & Observations
- Playoff Update: Monday’s Pistons victory kept them in a virtual deadlock with the Chicago Bulls for the eighth and final playoff spot in the East. The Bulls were 109-102 winners over the Kings to move to 36-33. The Pistons are now 37-34.
- After struggling to work himself back into form following a sprained knee, Anthony Tolliver’s confidence is peaking. Following a 17-point effort against the Nets, he churned out 11 more points off the bench against the Bucks, including three 3-pointers. His lack of hesitation from behind the arc (he attempted eight threes tonight) have re-instituted a sense of potency from Detroit’s second unit.
- Next Game: Wednesday vs. Orlando, 7:30, FSD