Series Update – Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 41 points as the Milwaukee Bucks beat Detroit Pistons 127-104 on Monday night to complete a four-game sweep and advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 2001.
It was the proverbial game of two halves, with the Pistons 62-56 up at halftime before the Bucks moved up a gear. Their dominance over the four games was such that they won them by a total of 95 points, and no game was closer than 16.
Detroit set an unwanted NBA record with its 14th consecutive playoff loss.
Malcolm Brogdon remains out for the Bucks because of a right foot injury.
The Bucks will now face the Boston Celtics in the second round.
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Game 4 Update – The Milwaukee Bucks continued their dominance over the Detroit Pistons Saturday night, beating them 119-103 to take a 3-0 lead in the first-round series.
The Bucks had seven players score in double figures, as they showed they are not just reliant on the genius of Giannis Antetokounmpo. Khris Middleton led the Bucks with 20 points, with Eric Bledsoe and Brook Lopez each adding 19.
Blake Griffin returned from a right knee injury to lead the Pistons with 27 points, seven rebounds and six assists.
The loss was Detroit’s 13th straight in the playoffs, which ties them for the unwanted record.
Game 4, a must-win for the Pistons, is Monday night at Detroit.
Game 3 Update – Milwaukee Bucks beat the Detroit Pistons 120-99 on Wednesday night to take a 2-0 lead in the first-round playoff series.
The third Period proved decisive, with the Bucks outscoring the Pistons 35-17 to take a 93-76 lead into the fourth.
Eric Bledsoe led the Bucks with 27 points, Giannis Antetokounmpo had 26 points, with Khris Middleton adding 24.
Luke Kennard had 19 points for Detroit, while Reggie Jackson and Andre Drummond each added 18 points. Detroit coach Dwane Casey inserted Kennard into the starting lineup, after he scored 21 points off the bench in Game 1.
The series now moves to Detroit, where Game 3 is played on Saturday night.
Game 2 Update – Milwaukee Bucks eased to a 121-86 victory over the Detroit Pistons on Sunday night in the opener of their first-round playoff series.
Giannis Antetokounmpo scored 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes on the court for the Bucks, while Luke Kennard scored 21 points from the bench for the Pistons
At one stage the Bucks led by 43 points and the eventual 35-point margin of victory was the third-largest in the franchise’s playoff history. The Pistons allowed 70 1st half points, by which time the damage was done.
The Pistons were without forward Blake Griffin, who missed out with a left knee injury.