AUBURN HILS, Mich., Jan. 21 (UPI) -- Michael Redd scored 21 points Monday as the Milwaukee Bucks extended their season-high winning streak to eight games and continued their dominance of Central Division teams with a 97-79 victory over the Detroit Pistons.
A 2000 second-round pick out of Ohio State, Redd was limited to just six games in his rookie season due to knee tendinitis. But healthy this season, Redd has become a factor off the Milwaukee bench.
Monday, Redd fell one point shy of matching his career high after making 8-of-18 shots off the bench in 32 minutes.
Sam Cassell and Ray Allen, part of an explosive Milwaukee backcourt, combined for 34 points for the Bucks, who took control in the first quarter when they raced to a 34-15 lead. They held a 55-37 edge at halftime.
Joel Pryzbilla, a first-round pick last season, had career highs of 12 points and 13 rebounds as the Bucks improved to 11-1 against divisional foes this season.
Jerry Stackhouse scored 19 points for Detroit, which had won three of its last four games but fell back below the .500 mark at 19-20.