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Rookie lifts Bucks past Pistons

ROOKIE Brandon Jennings provided a Halloween treat for Milwaukee, hitting 24 points, including nine straight in the third quarter, as the Bucks rallied past the Detroit Pistons 96-85 on Saturday.

A night after flirting with a rare National Basketball Association record in a season-opening away loss to the Philadelphia 76ers, Jennings dazzled the crowd in his home debut, hitting all seven of his shots in the third quarter as the Bucks (1-1) erased a 38-49 halftime deficit to register their first win of the new campaign.

Jennings, taken with the 10th overall pick by Milwaukee in this year's draft, had given himself a tough act to follow by posting 17 points, nine assists and nine rebounds on his NBA debut on Friday.

Oscar Robertson, in October 1960 with the Cincinnati Royals, is the only player to have recorded a triple-double in his first career game.

"He (Jennings) came out in the third quarter and gave us a huge lift, got in a zone for a little while and showed us a whole other element to his game," Bucks coach Scott Skiles told reporters.

Elsewhere in the NBA, it was: Cavaliers 90, Bobcats 79; Wizards 123, Nets 104; 76ers 141, Knicks 127 (in overtime); Spurs 113, Kings 94; Rockets 111, Trail Blazers 107; and Mavericks 93, Clippers 84.

In Milwaukee, Jennings, the first high school player to bypass college to play professional basketball in Europe, produced an impressive encore bringing the Bradley Center crowd to its feet with an electrifying second-half performance.

After nailing a jumper to pull Milwaukee level at 55-55 five minutes into the third, the 20-year-old guard hit on a fade-away jumper 30 seconds later then added another two points on a driving layup before dropping a long-range three-pointer to give the Bucks a 62-55 lead they would never surrender.


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