Greg Monroe stars as Bucks take charge early and cruise to victory over Pistons
Milwaukee's Greg Monroe goes for a shot against Detroit's Jon Leuer and Boban Marjanovic. AP

THE Bucks put on a huge first-half show and cruised to a 102-89 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Monday in Milwaukee (Tuesday, Manila time).

Greg Monroe came off the bench to show the way for the Bucks, who overpowered the Pistons, 28-15, in the second quarter en route to their second straight win.

The Bucks notched their 24th win in 54 outings, with Monroe posting a double-double of 25 points and 13 rebounds.

Michael Beasley went 10 for 13  and scored 23 points, while Tony Snell came up with 16 points for Milwaukee.

The Pistons could not get a win run going after beating the Toronto Raptors.

Marcus Morris scored 26 on 10 of 17 shooting for Detroit, which absorbed its 30th loss in 56 outings.

Andre Drummond had 21 points and 12 rebounds, while Jon Leuer also had a double-double with 15 and 11.

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