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Pistons nip Bucks in overtime

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Associated Press
February 7, 2009
— Allen Iverson and Richard Hamilton combined for 15 of Detroitís 17 points in overtime and the Pistons rallied for a 126-121 victory over the injury-plagued Milwaukee Bucks on Saturday night.

Hamilton finished with 38 points, a career high as a reserve, and Iverson added 27 points and nine assists to give the Pistons their second straight gritty win after a 3-10 stretch. Rasheed Wallace scored 27 points and Antonio McDyess had 16.


This one came down to the wire, twice.


Ramon Sessions scored 20 of his career-high 44 points in the fourth quarter and overtime and put Milwaukee up for the final time when he hit two free throws that made it 121-120 with 46 seconds left.


But Iverson answered when he stepped back on a drive and hit a 14-footer. Newly acquired Keith Bogans missed a 15-footer for the Bucks with 15 seconds to play, and Hamilton hit two free throws to make it 124-121.


The Bucksí last chance to tie ended when Richard Jefferson, who finished with 16 points, missed a three-pointer from the corner with 6.2 seconds left and Hamilton added two more free throws to end it.


Charlie Villaneuva scored 33 points and Charlie Bell had 10 points for Milwaukee.


Sessions, the starting point guard because Luke Ridnour will miss the next four weeks with a broken right thumb, kept the Bucks ahead despite also missing Michael Redd (knee) and Andrew Bogut (back) to long-term injuries.


Sessions, who also had 12 assists, never had scored more than 25 points in a game. He gave Milwaukee a 102-96 lead with 3:46 left when he converting a three-point play.


But Detroit came back as Hamilton hit two jumpers in a row to give the Pistons a 109-108 lead with 26 seconds left. Sessions drove to the basket and was fouled, hitting the second of two to tie the game, but both teams squandered opportunities to win it.


First McDyess was called for an offensive foul with 9.6 seconds left, then Bell threw a pass away to Tayshaun Prince that led to Hamilton missing an open 17-footer in transition as time expired. Prince finished with seven points, nine assists and 13 rebounds.


Milwaukee, which trailed by 13 points in the first half, quickly worked out its kinks to take a lead heading into the fourth with new players like Bogans filling much bigger roles.


Bogans, acquired on Thursday from Orlando for Tyronn Lue, couldnít participate in the morning shootaround because he hadnít officially been cleared to play. After he was cleared, he came out a few hours early to learn what he could and ended up playing 25 minutes.



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