Milwaukee had a 69-13 edge in bench scoring, including 13 of 22 3-point shooting while Detroit’s reserves went 1 for 10.
Los Angeles outscored Detroit 32-25 in the final period.
Brandon Knight had 20 points and eight assists to lead the Milwaukee Bucks to a 98-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Tuesday night.
Josh Smith had 16 points and Andre Drummond added 13 points with 16 rebounds for the Pistons, who have lost four straight. They had two three-game losing streaks earlier in the season.
This week the Pistons played a two-game home stand at The Palace against a pair of teams that missed the playoffs last season.
With the Pistons down 85-83 and 40 seconds left, Brandon Jennings missed a jumper, but Jonas Jerebko grabbed the rebound and fed Kentavious Caldwell-Pope for the go-ahead 3-pointer.
It wasn’t just a basketball spectacle, it marked Detroit as a whole, adding to the city’s national reputation as a rough and tumble place, a scary outpost where fans weren’t even safe in the stands.
Detroit struggled from the floor in the first half, shooting only 42.5 percent, and weren’t able to get the ball inside with any regularity.
Detroit’s starting backcourt struggled, as Jennings and Kentavious Caldwell-Pope were a combined 7 of 27, with Caldwell-Pope missing 10 of his 11 shots.
Jennings made a tiebreaking 3-pointer to give Detroit an 87-84 lead with 2:32 left in overtime. He added another 3 while falling to the ground, increasing the Pistons’ advantage to 92-84.