AUBURN HILLS, Mich. (AP) -- Drew Gooden scored 26 points, and the Milwaukee Bucks pulled away from the Detroit Pistons in the third quarter for a much-needed 113-97 win Friday night.
Milwaukee is in ninth place in the Eastern Conference, trailing the New York Knicks and Philadelphia 76ers by two games in the race for the playoffs.
The Bucks led 52-47 after two quarters but pushed the lead to double digits early in the second half and eventually led by 20. The Pistons fought back to get within 12 after three, but Milwaukee maintained a comfortable advantage throughout the final quarter.
Brandon Jennings had 20 points and 10 assists for Milwaukee, which had all five starters score in double figures.
Brandon Knight scored 25 points for the Pistons, and Ben Gordon added 24.
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