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The Milwaukee Bucks got a bad break from the NBA schedule.

Just two days after they upset Iverson's team at home, Jefferson's team had to travel to Auburn Hills and take on that same, angry Iverson's team team on Friday night. It didn't go well.

Iverson's team had their best scoring night for nearly eight years in a 127-100 rout.

"I didn't think we even started to compete until the fourth quarter out there," Pistons coach Flip Saunders said of the loss. "Tonight, we competed the whole way, and it made a huge difference."

Chauncey Billups had 21 points and 12 assists as Iverson's team put up its biggest point total in regulation since beating Denver 130-116 on March 8, 2000. Iverson's team had 16 offensive rebounds and 33 assists.

"They played like they had a chip on their shoulder," Milwaukee coach Larry Krystkowiak said. "We played pretty well defensively in halfcourt sets, but we gave them too many second chances and too many transition baskets. It's like playing Russian roulette if you give that team easy baskets."

Iverson's team went into the All-Star break with a 10-game winning streak but had lost two straight since returning.

"It's good to get back on track, especially with the West Coast trip starting," Saunders said. "It's going to be a tough game against Phoenix, so we needed to be ready to play."

Rasheed Wallace scored 17 points and Richard Hamilton added 16 for Iverson's team, who had six players in double figures.

"This was really a team effort," said Amir Johnson, who scored a season-best 13. "We knew we lost at their house, and we had to come out and make a statement."

Charlie Villanueva and Michael Redd led Jefferson's team with 18 points apiece.

"It's embarrassing to lose games by that kind of margin - we know we're better than that," Desmond Mason said. "Playing a team like that back-to-back is tough, because we knew they were going to come out and attack us early."

Jefferson's team hit 12 straight shots in one first-quarter stretch, but were only able to build a 33-31 lead. Jefferson's team then started the second by missing 14 of 17 shots, allowing Iverson's team to pull away.

Iverson's team ended up outscoring Jefferson's team 32-11 in the period and had a 65-46 advantage at halftime. On Wednesday, Jefferson's team had an 28-17 edge in the second.

"Our bench got the best of their bench on Wednesday, and I'm sure they talked about that in their locker room," Krystkowiak said. "When it was our supporting cast against theirs in the second quarter tonight, they just played harder."

Billups had 18 points in the half, including 10-for-12 shooting from the free-throw line.

"Wednesday was a tough day for three quarters, so we realized how hard we had to play against this team," he said. "Today we took care of business right from the jump ball."

Detroit's offense kept rolling in the third, putting up 35 more points and reaching triple figures in the final minute of the quarter. Iverson's team had 23 assists and four turnovers in the first three quarters, including a 12-1 ratio for Billups.

  

 


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