Published: Mon, April 15, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Pistons get routed by Bucks in Game 1, 121-86

Pistons get routed by Bucks in Game 1, 121-86

The Detroit Pistons will make the relatively short trip to Fiserv Forum for Game 1 of their first round series with the Bucks on Sunday, and they'll come face to face with a 60-win Milwaukee team and a fanbase filled with a level of confidence that hasn't existed in decades.

Giannis Antetokounmpo had 24 points and 17 rebounds in just 24 minutes, and the top-seeded Milwaukee Bucks showed they were serious about making a playoff run with a 121-86 rout of the Detroit Pistons in Game 1 on Sunday night. The two-handed push occurred after Antetokounmpo grabbed an offensive rebound. Reggie Jackson also had 12 points.

Luke Kennard paced the Pistons with 21 points off the bench and Drummond had 12 points and 12 rebounds. Blake Griffin, who wasn't in uniform, picked up a technical foul after the play.

Griffin has battled the injury for the past several weeks, getting pulled from the Pistons' second-to-last game against Memphis and missing the season finale against NY, games the Pistons needed to win - and did - to qualify for the last playoff spot.

The Bucks were without guards Malcolm Brogdon (foot) and Tony Snell (ankle).

Detroit shot 38% from the field, converting 35 of 92 attempts.

Milwaukee, which swept the four-game season series, led 20-4 less than five minutes into the game.

Antetokounmpo was only 5 of 12 on free throws and 1 of 5 from 3-point range, but was 9 for 17 from the field. IN scored 29 points in the second half, and the quarter and half were both its worst of the season. The Bucks' 70 points were the second-most in a first half in franchise playoff history. Antetokounmpo and Lopez had 14 points apiece and Hill scored 13.

The Bucks swept the Pistons in the regular season, despite Griffin's averaging 24.3 points in those four meetings.

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